Senators file legislation to require law enforcement to wear body cameras

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Just days after President Barack Obama requested money from Congress to purchase up to 50,000 body cameras for law enforcement agents across America, two Democratic senators in South Carolina want to require all South Carolina agents to wear them.

Senators Gerald Malloy and Marlon Kimpson will pre-file a bill Wednesday to require the body cameras that can record any and all contact with citizens while an officer is on duty.

Malloy says law enforcement agencies should be collecting more evidence all the time and that body cameras would be a good start.

"History has demonstrated that eyewitnesses are not always the most reliable form of evidence," Malloy said. "It is time for South Carolina to invest in common sense technology. This investment is critical to preserving the integrity of our system of justice."

Kimpson, meanwhile, says disputed facts surrounding the case of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri and the case of former South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sean Groubert would be clearer with the cameras.

"Body cameras would provide everyone a clearer picture of the facts," Kimpson said.

Similar legislation will be pre-filed in the state House of Representatives.

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