270 body cameras approved for Charleston County deputies

270 body cameras approved for Charleston County deputies

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thursday, the Charleston County Council's Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to set aside $250,000 for 270 cameras for the sheriff's office, which includes all of the computer costs and other equipment that go along with them.

Council chairman Elliot Summey said they decided to put this on the agenda after the shooting death of Walter Scott. Last week, a deputy shot a man in Hollywood creating even more attention for the issue.

"The jurors are expecting this technology and the evidence that's gained from it so there are a whole lot of reason beyond the officer involved shootings," Al Cannon, Charleston County's sheriff said.

The county's budget doesn't officially get approved until June, but Summey says this allows the county to go ahead and purchase the cameras. They're not sure yet when the cameras will start being used. Charleston County corrections officers currently use body cameras.

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