A new California bill is being passed after photos of the tragic helicopter crash, that took Kobe Bryant’s life earlier this year, were leaked and shared by law enforcement, banning first responders from spreading crime scene photographs while off duty.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an invasion of privacy bill on Monday which would now make it illegal for first responders to share photos of a deceased person and crime scene photographs “for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose. “AB 2655 (The Bills Title) was presented by Assembly member Mike Gipson after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers allegedly spread graphic photos of the wreckage of the Calabasas crash that killed NBA legend Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others individuals in Early 2020.
In a tweet celebrating the bill’s passage, Assemly member Mike Gipson referred to it as the “Kobe Bryant Act of 2020.”Under the guidelines of the “Kobe Bryant Act,” beginning in 2021, a first responder who is caught partaking in the misdemeanor crime may be fined up to $1,000 per violation.