COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC/WIS) - The creator of a body camera bill for police wants it named after Walter Scott.
Charleston Rep. Wendell Gilliard and the rest of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus made another call today to pass body camera legislation to give all law enforcement agencies in the state cameras.
Two bills, one in the House, the other in the Senate, are on their way to the floor, and lawmakers have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to create guidelines for statewide camera use.
Gilliard wants the bills in place before summer.
"Everybody knows in this country, and especially in the state of South Carolina, what happens during the summer months," Gilliard said. "Crime goes up. In order to protect our law officers and our citizens, we must do what we have to do with these bills."
Representative Gilliard, as well as the other members of the Black Caucus did not take any questions about the bill after their press conference.
Scott was pulled over by former officer Michael Slager on April 4 on Remount Road. During the traffic stop, dash cam video showed Scott bolting from the car he was driving and running out of the frame with Slager in pursuit on foot. Witness video that turned up days later showed Slager firing eight shots at Scott as he attempted to run away from the officer.
Slager is facing a murder charge in the incident.