Governor Gavin Newsom Signs 'The Kobe Bryant Act of 2020'


The death of Kobe Bryant compelled California to create a law against first responders photographing the deceased at a crime scene.

This month, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The lawsuit alleges “no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches.” Two Los Angeles firefighters were also accused of showing dead Kobe pictures to drinking buddies.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed “The Kobe Bryant Act of 2020,” which makes such actions punishable by a $1,000 fine. Only authorized people for “official law enforcement purpose” may snap pictures at the scene of a crime. (People)