Sen. Tim Scott calls for Senate hearings on police body cameras

Tim Scott

WASHINGTON — The Senate is planning to hold hearings on the police use of body cameras, as protests over the death of a black man in police custody continue in a nearby city.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., called for the hearings Wednesday, saying body camera use will provide “increased protection for both law enforcement officers and those they serve.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., leads the Judiciary Committee’s crime subcommittee and says the hearing is a “great idea.”

The two men represent South Carolina, where Walter Scott was shot in the back and killed by a North Charleston officer on April 4.

Protests are ongoing in nearby Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after being handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.