By: Eris Lowdermilk
Governor Gavin Newsom of California has recently approved a new legislation regarding a photo scandal with the death of Kobe Bryant in Jan 2020. Los Angeles police officers were sharing photos from the scene to the public.
Eight police officers took unauthorized photos at the tragic crash in Calabasas, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that the department has a policy against taking and sharing photos from crime scenes, but it does not apply to accident scenes.
Vanessa Bryant has since sued the sheriff in a lawsuit pursuing damages for negligence, invasion of privacy, as well as the intentional imposition of emotional distress.
The new bill makes it a crime for any first responders to take unofficial photos of deceased people at crime and accident scenes. The bill was signed Monday, Sept 28.
Press, Associated. (2020, September 28). Gov. Newsom signs new law prompted by photo scandal in crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 8 others in Calabasas. KTLA 5. https://ktla.com/news/local-news/gov-newsom-signs-new-law-prompted-by-photo-scandal-in-crash-that-killed-kobe-bryant-8-others-in-calabasas/