Mt. Pleasant Police seeking 25 body cameras after testing multiple models

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Newly-released footage from a police body camera during a Ravenel Bridge protest provides a look at what to expect from the cameras the Mount Pleasant Police Department wants for its officers.

The video was recorded by a VieVu LE3 model camera, one of eight different models from various manufacturers Mount Pleasant Police has been testing. That model, also selected by Charleston Police, is the one Mount Pleasant has chosen, according to Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe.

Googe said that model was selected for its video quality and its compatibility with their current video system.

The footage was taken as an officer tried to break up a protest that interrupted traffic on the Ravenel Bridge last week as part of a series of social protests in the aftermath of the police-involved shootings of Walter Scott and other African American men across the country.

Mount Pleasant police arrested four people in the protest. At one point, the officer can be clearly heard telling protesters, "Feel free to stay on the pedestrian pathway, you can't block the roadway."

Googe said the department will request 25 cameras in the upcoming budget, for a total cost of $28,149. The purchase will have to be approved by town council.

Googe said they would then plan to ask for more cameras once the opportunity presented itself.

Police tested eight demo models and will look into keeping all of the demos. Googe said the models that aren't directly compatible with their current video storage system could still be viewed from an officer's laptop.

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