Police Chief Supports Officer-Worn Body Cameras

Friday, April 17, 2015 2:15:00 PM

A bill aimed to make police officers more accountable cleared a hurdle today at the State House.

A Senate subcommittee approved a plan to make all officers in the state wear body cameras.

At the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, body-worn cameras are nothing new. The town's 20 officers have been wearing them for years.

"Obviously, I like the idea of cameras,” Chief Wallace Oswald said. “And I think they're a beneficial piece of equipment.”

It wasn't something Batesburg-Leesville was ordered to do, but Chief Oswald says they did it to be progressive. Now, state lawmakers are working to make body cams mandatory after a police shooting in North Charleston drew the eyes of the nation...

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