Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday approved legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that, making it a crime for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime. Reports surfaced after the January 26 crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the others that .
Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said then, adding that he had ordered the images deleted. He said the department has a policy against taking and sharing crime scene photos, but it did not apply to accident scenes.
The measure that will take effect January 1 makes it a misdemeanor with fines up to $1,000 per offense to take such photos for anything other than an official law enforcement purpose.
Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, has sued the department over the photos. In March, she said she was "absolutely devastated" by allegations that deputies shared the graphic photos.