COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - If proposed legislation leads to all officers in South Carolina wearing body cameras, the devices could provide some officers their only way to capture video.
Dashcams are not as widespread in South Carolina as many assume.
Seventeen years after the Legislature required the videotaping of drunken driving arrests, many patrol cars still have no video capabilities. How many is unclear. But the state Sheriffs' Association says half of sheriffs at a recent meeting indicated at least some of their vehicles lack dashcams.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says his agency has none.
On Tuesday, senators and House members are set to debate measures aimed at equipping officers statewide with body cameras.
Laura Hudson with the Crime Victims' Council says if the Legislature requires it, they need to pay for it.
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