Newsom signed AB 2655, which was set to prohibit first responders to take photographs of deceased persons “out of the duties of the job” – Assemblyman Mike A. According to Gipson, What is bill called “Kobe Bryant Act 2020” on Twitter – on Monday. The violation would be a misdemeanor-level crime according to KCBS.
Bryant was killed in a January 26 helicopter crash in Calabas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Jianna and seven others. The Los Angeles Times reported that LA County Sheriff’s deputies aired photos of the victims at the crash site and after the incident.
Bryant’s widow Vanessa took a private plea from Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the morning of the accident to seal the site, according to a legal filing against the department, according to People, who obtained copies of the document.
Despite this, “there were no less than eight sheriff’s depictions in the scene snapping cell-phone photos of dead children, parents and instructors,” the document alleged. “As the department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the accident site. Instead, deputies took photographs for their personal purposes. ”
Two LA firefighters were also charged with snapping – and later ordered the photo removed.