New ‘Kobe Bryant law’ could JAIL first responders who share death scene photos after graphic pics of NBA star’s crash – The Sun

A NEW law could be put in place in memory of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant could be passed to make taking or sharing death scene photographs a criminal offense.

Those caught abusing the victim's privacy could be slapped with a fine of $5,000 and up to a year in jail.

This comes months after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were accused of sharing graphic photos of the site of the helicopter crash that killed Bryant.

According to the California Assembly Bill 2655, offenders could be fined up to £4,000 ($5,000) and a year in jail.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who supports the new legislation, said: "It provides something very important.

"It's peace of mind for the families, next of kin to those who perished in an accident scene, so we can ensure that first responders are going to behave responsibly, they're going to honor their privacy and protect it."

In February the sheriff's department began investigating allegations that some deputies shared photos from the crash site.

Emergency crews said images of the 41-year-old NBA legend and the eight other victims' remains were being shared just two days after the tragedy, sources told The Los Angeles Times.


One of the unidentified sources allegedly said he saw one of the images on an official's phone, at a time and place that was unrelated to the crash investigation.

During a news conference on Wednesday Sheriff Villanueva said that current policies aren't sufficient so the new law could act as a "very good" deterrent.

He added that families of the victims would get the privacy they deserved should this law be passed.

'Kobe's Law' has been passed by the Public Safety Committee vote and is now waiting to be examined by the Appropriations Committee.

Photos of the horror crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, in January have all been deleted, according to Villanueva.

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter were buried two weeks after they tragically died in a helicopter crash alongside seven others as the group was headed to Kobe's Mamba Sports Academy training facility.


The others killed were college baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser, a coach at Mamba Sports Academy, passengers Sarah and Payton Chester and pilot Zobayan.

The Sikorsky-76 chopper came down in fog in the Calabasas mountains northwest of Los Angeles.

Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant and their three daughters Natalia Diamante, 17, Bianka Bella, 3, and Capri Kobe, 7 months.

Vanessa shared a new photo of their baby daughter a day after an autopsy revealed how the NBA legend died in a helicopter smash.

Mom-of-four Vanessa, 38, posted the tender snap of her kissing ten-month-old Capri on Instagram with the caption: "I love you Koko Bean."

On May 15, the LA County Coroner released the autopsy results nearly four months after Lakers icon Kobe died in a chopper crash with daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others.

It said Kobe, 41, died from blunt force trauma with catastrophic brain injuries and 30 percent burns.

The deaths of all nine on board were declared an accident following the fireball horror on a mountainside in Calabasas, California.

The graphic autopsy reports told of the devastating effect of the impact – describing broken bones, dismembered body parts and a stench of fuel on what remained of clothing that burned.

The helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50, did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the coroner's report.

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