California Gov. Gavin Newsum has signed a new law in force, prompted by photos allegedly taken with the fatal Kobe Bryant crash.
Newsom signed AB 2655 banning first responders from taking pictures of deceased “off-duty” – according to the assembly Mike A. Gipson, who called the bill “The Kobe Bryant Act of 2020” on Twitter – on Monday. The violations will be a crime-level violation, according to KCBS.
Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Jana and seven others. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff was distributing photos of the scene and the victims after the incident.
However, “at least eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene, taking pictures of the dead children, parents and coaches on mobile phones,” the document said. “As the Department will later admit, there was no investigative purpose for MPs to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their personal purposes. “
It is alleged that two firefighters in Los Angeles clicked – and were subsequently ordered to delete – photos.