On May 20, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee approved a bill that would make it illegal for first responders to take pictures or record video of a deceased person at the scene of an accident or crime.
AB 2655 is one of the few non-coronavirus-related bills that has moved in the legislature since the global Safety Committee has approved the legislation, it has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for review.
Kobe Bryant at a game at Arco Arena in Sacramento January 2016 (Photo courtesy of Antonio Ray Harvey)
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced in March that eight of its deputies were responsible for sharing images taken at the site where retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant died in a helicopter crash.
A few days after Bryant’s death, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA-30) introduced a bill in the United States Congress titled, “The Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.”
“Had this system been on the helicopter, it is likely the tragic crash could have been voted yes on AB 2655 are: Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), who is the chair of the Public Safety Committee; Angeles); Photo: Kobe Bryant taking questions at a press conference in Sacramento January 2016 (Photo courtesy of Antonio Ray Harvey)