Senators Graham & Scott push for national legislation for body cameras

Senators Graham & Scott push for national legislation for body cameras

(WCSC) - South Carolina Republican lawmakers will be in the nation's capital Tuesday, continuing the push for body cameras for police.

Senator Tim Scott and Senator Lindsey Graham are stressing the need for this national legislation.

Scott is scheduled to testify before a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Tuesday at 2:30 pm. His office says he'll lobby for the cameras as a way to help rebuild and restore trust between officers and the neighborhoods they serve.

Both senators say this issue is very important to them. That's why Sen. Scott approached Sen. Graham about the matter.

"I believe that body-worn cameras will keep both law enforcement officers and citizens safer, while providing invaluable evidence for potential investigations," said Scott. "I look forward to continuing our efforts to find the best path forward on this issue at the hearing."

This push comes after recent police shootings.

Walter Scott, 50, was reportedly unarmed when he shot and killed by a now former North Charleston police officer following a traffic stop in April.

That shooting was not captured by the dash cam, or by law enforcement equipment. Rather, it was captured by cell phone video by a witness. That's one reason law makers say they feel the need to push for this technology.

The meeting will also address other police-involved deaths around the country.

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