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Complexity of police body cams bill may mean no legislative action this year

Published: Mar. 26, 2015 at 3:21 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 5, 2015 at 3:21 PM EDT
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Lawmakers heard more testimony on body-worn cameras for law enforcement in the state, but say this bill could be a long way off.

Some agencies are already using them, including the Benedict College Police Department, Greenville Police and North Myrtle Beach Police.

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook has said he would like to explore body cameras in his department.

But the seemingly straightforward bill to equip agencies statewide is raising a lot of concerns because of how vague the language is and the fact it doesn't specify when an officer shouldn't be wearing one.

"The general language to start can be improved on, there can be exceptions and conditions, detailed clauses concerning appropriate use," said Victoria Middleton with the ACLU.

At the end of Thursday's meeting, Sen. Marlon Kimpson said they would continue to hold hearings about the bill, but said with so little time left in this year's legislative session, the bill may not be brought up again until next year.

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