WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIS) - The Senate on Tuesday discussed more widespread use of police body cameras following a string of deaths around the country of unarmed African-American men.
"I believe that when we are restoring trust between the community and law enforcement officers, body cameras do provide a bridge to getting us there faster," U.S. Sen. Tim Scott tells WIS. "The fact of the matter is a vast majority of officers are doing their jobs incredibly well, the key for us is … to remember that if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a thousand pictures and instilling that truth what happens can often times be seen, rather than it can be heard."
Scott called for the body-camera hearings following the April 4 fatal shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston.
North Charleston police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder in the shooting. He remains in jail.
"Our ability to make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, sometimes it can be found in those cameras," Scott said. "The truth is that we've been using dash cams for a number of years and we've seen a positive response to that. We will solve the problem and local policing to local jurisdictions."
Scott said there is a lot support of body worn cameras but also some concerns on data collection, disclosure issues and funding the long term expense.
"My goal is that the resources that are necessary are available to those jurisdictions who may have challenges financially," Scott said. "And affording them not to provide strings to provide funding but simply keep more mothers from having to bury their sons or daughters because of unfortunate incidents."