Palmetto Sunrise: Legislators to address policing practices

South Carolina Rep. Carl Anderson, of Georgetown, speaks during a SC Legislative Black Caucus news conference at North Charleston City Hall Thursday. The news conference was in regards to the police shooting death of Walter Scott and legislation that has been put forward to have all law enforcement officers wear body cameras. (Brad Nettles/Staff) 4/9/15

COLUMBIA — Many members of South Carolina’s legislature are expected to return to the Statehouse today with a mandate to address issues that could change the state’s policing practices, after a police officer fatally shot Walter Scott.

The House and Senate were off on their holiday break when North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager was charged with murder, after a video filmed by a bystander surfaced showing him shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from Slager.

Members of the S.C. Legislative Black Caucus will meet today at 10 a.m., after making a renewed call Thursday to act on bills sitting in committees that would require all officers wear body cameras.

Reps. Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, and Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, said last week they were meeting House Speaker Jay Lucas today to discuss how to advance the House’s body-camera bill. The Senate will discuss their bill on Wednesday.

There are also other issues lawmakers plan to discuss, including the idea of introducing legislation that would require the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate all officer-involved shootings.

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A conflicting portrait of Slager as excessive force complaints mount (The Post and Courier)

Trump: Don’t politicize Walter Scott shooting (The Post and Courier)

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