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State law enforcement officers raise concerns about body camera plan

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/WCSC) -

State lawmakers are debating a bill which would require every law enforcement officer in the state to wear a body camera while on duty.

But some police and sheriff's offices say that plan needs more work.

A Senate panel listened to law enforcement officers voice their concerns Wednesday, speaking about both the cost and privacy issues that could stem from using the cameras constantly.

The subcommittee did not make a decision.

Sen. Brad Hutto, who chaired the panel, says they'll continue to meet to try to craft a better bill.

"Many agencies we saw, Kershaw and Sumter, are moving forward on their own, Charleston and North Charleston are moving forward on their own," Hutto said. "We don't want to do anything to chill these agencies from doing what they think is in the best interest of the citizens that they serve."

There are 11,000 law enforcement officers in South Carolina.

With body cameras averaging about a thousand dollars each, it could cost the state as much as $11 million dollars to supply each officer with a body cam.

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