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Charleston Police receive $55,000 body camera donation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A $55,000 donation to the Charleston Police Department will help purchase 120 body-worn cameras.

The donation, from the Charleston Police Fund, includes a donation of $25,000 from the Daniel Island Community Fund, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

"We appreciate the support of our community partners," Police Chief Greg Mullen said. "We are grateful for this donation which will accelerate our ability to implement this program."

"The ability to provide our officers with body-warn cameras will enhance the safety of our citizens and our officers," Mayor Joe Riley said. "The cameras will help ensure the most accurate recount of events.

We first showed you what the cameras can do, after a state lawmaker from Charleston called on all police departments in the state to get them.

Taser International makes the body camera. They say body cameras show 90 percent of what happens during an incident compared to a police dash camera that shows just 10 percent.

Police officers in Bonneau wear body cameras. The Mount Pleasant Police Department has also been testing the cameras.

Police officials say they hope to have the cameras in use by the end of the year. 

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