At first, body camera legislation was not a priority this session. A quick about- face was made when a witness recorded part of the situation in North Charleston showing then officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott several times following a traffic stop.
The details of what happened after the initial dash cam recording are murky. Meantime, the viral recording begins with Scott running away. If Slager had on a body camera that April day, would a grand jury have indicted him?
While we will never know, the question remains- whether the behavior and civility of law enforcement and the public be the same if we all knew cameras were always rolling?
Advocates argue body cameras could help paint a better picture of accountability on both sides.
This legislation requires the Law Enforcement Training Council to create guidelines. Now comes the real work: the protocol, management and money.
The clock is ticking for the six-month time limit for a plan. As the cameras roll out, we, too, will be watching to see how it all plays out.That's "My Take", what's yours?