Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs New Law Prompted by Images Allegedly Taken of Kobe Bryant Crash Site

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill this week in response to reports that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials shared graphic photographs of the crash that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Newsom signed AB 2655 on Monday, which will prohibit first responders from taking photographs of deceased victims ″outside of job duties,” according to Assemblyman Mike Gipson of Carson, who pushed for the legislation. Violation of the law will result in a misdemeanor, KCBS reported.

After Bryant was killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, the Los Angeles Times reported that L.A. County sheriff’s deputies shared photos of the accident site that included images of the victims. The newspaper said deputies allegedly continued to share and discuss the photos in the days following the accident, which occurred in Calabasas, California.

The sharing of the

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New California law bans sharing crime scene photos after images leaked of Kobe Bryant’s chopper crash

By Sarah Moon, Scottie Andrew and Stella Chan, CNN

A California bill inspired by leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant passed this weak, banning law enforcement from sharing graphic crime scene photos off the job.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an invasion of privacy bill on Monday which would make it illegal for first responders to share photos of a deceased person at a crime scene “for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose.”

Crews behind a screened fence remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on February 3, 2020 as a few scattered items are left around Staples Center. A new law in California bans the sharing of crime scene photos after images of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash were leaked.(Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group) 

AB 2655 was first introduced by Assemblymember Mike Gipson after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly shared graphic photos of the

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