Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday approved legislation prompted by the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other peopls that makes 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 Jan. 26 crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the others that graphic photos of the victims were being shared.
Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, 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 Jan. 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.
New Jersey man accused of attempting to stab a shop assistant because he believed she was of Mexican descent
A man in New Jersey who has been accused of attempting to stab a shop assistant allegedly targeted her because he thought she was of Mexican descent, prosecutors have said.
Shairo Gil, 24, of Clifton a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, is facing attempted murder and bias charges over the alleged stabbing, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a release on Saturday.
The prosecutor’s office alleged that last Friday Mr Gil walked into a grocery store on Main Avenue in the city and approached a clerk before suddenly pulling out a knife and trying to stab the woman in the chest.
Mr Gil was “purposely targeting any individual of Mexican descent, and that he chose the victim because he believed her to be of Mexican descent,” the prosecutor’s office alleged.
The suspect was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault and first-degree bias intimidation, along with third- and fourth-degree weapons offenses.
The man could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in State Prison if convicted of the attempted murder charge.
If Mr Gil is convicted of the bias crime charge he could be sentenced to up to 30 years. The weapons offenses carry carries a maximum sentence of five years and 18 months respectively.
According to NJ.com no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Mr Gil was placed in Passaic County Jail awaiting his initial appearance at Central Judicial Processing, the release said.
The state has filed a motion for the pretrial detention of the defendant that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.
It was not clear if Mr Gil had legal representation available to comment on the charges.