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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
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other peopls that makes it a crime for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime.
Reports surfaced after the Jan. 26 crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the others that graphic photos of the victims were being shared.
Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said then, adding that he had ordered the images deleted. He said the department has a policy against taking and sharing crime scene photos, but it did not apply to accident scenes.
The measure that will take effect Jan. 1 makes it a misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000 per offense to take such photos for anything other than an