WSPA: SC Senators To File Bill Requiring Police Body Cameras


Two South Carolina State Senators said they will pre-file body camera legislation Wednesday.

A draft of the bill states that all state and local law enforcement officers must be equipped with body-worn cameras.

Sens. Gerald Malloy, (D) Darlington, and Marlon Kimpson, (D) Charleston are behind the effort.

Kimpson said Tuesday that now is the right time to bring some reassurance to the community that they can believe in the judicial system. He said it should also help officers so they can do their job without fear of conflicting statements from witnesses.

Besides the recent Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Kimpson said there have been a number of incidents in South Carolina the show a need for this bill. He cited a shooting involving a Richland County Highway Patrol trooper and a man pulled over for a seatbelt violation and a dispute about what happened when a man died in Charleston after a police encounter.

The filing of this bill will come after President Obama announced his spending plan to add body cameras to departments across the nation.

Kimpson said that will help cover some of the cost of this bill, he said it will then be up to the state to make sure it puts forth funding to local governments so this is not an unfunded mandate.

Rep. Wendell Gilliard, (D) Charleston, plans to introduce a similar bill in the House later this month.


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