Shooting could lead to body cameras on officers across SC

The South Carolina Statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An eyewitness’s video of a white North Charleston officer fatally shooting a black man as he ran away could propel the South Carolina Legislature to pass a law calling for body cameras on law enforcement officers statewide.

A bill requiring officers to record their public interactions on body-worn cameras has been before a Senate panel for weeks without progress. Questions about data storage, privacy and cost have repeatedly delayed any vote.

But the North Charleston shooting has made it a priority.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin says the bill is “very high at the top of our to-do list.” He expects the subcommittee to advance the measure this week.

At least 15 law enforcement agencies across the state either already use cameras or have ordered them.