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Senate panel plans to OK bill to give all cops body cameras

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A police officer stands in the street during a news conference outside the Charleston NAACP office regarding the shooting death of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer in Charleston.


A Senate panel is expected to approve a bill requiring most officers in South Carolina to wear body cameras after the proposal got extra attention after a police shooting in North Charleston that ended with the officer charged with murder.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin of Pickens said last week he expects the subcommittee to pass the bill. The North Charleston shooting made it a priority. Officer Michael Slager was charged with murder after a bystander's video of him shooting a 50-year-old black man in the back was made public.

Law-enforcement officials have brought up privacy concerns, data storage issues and cost. Equipping all officers with cameras could cost more than US$21 million in the first year.