Deputy Actions at Kobe Bryant Crash Scene Will Be Illegal

Law bans unauthorized photos of accident or crime scenes
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2020 12:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's wish has come true. Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal in California to take unauthorized photos of a crime or accident scene, as occurred in the aftermath of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others, reports the AP. Back in March, Villanueva said he felt betrayed as eight deputies had allegedly taken and shared graphic photos of the scene.

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One trainee deputy allegedly showed the photos in a bar. In response, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law on Monday that makes it a misdemeanor to take such photos unless they are to be used for an official law enforcement purpose. The law includes fines of up to $1,000 per offense. (Bryant's widow just sued over the photos.)

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