Body camera bill on its way to South Carolina governor

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A bill providing for guidelines and potential funding for police body cameras in South Carolina is heading to the governor.

    

A joint committee passed a compromise Thursday and the House and Senate quickly followed.

    

The measure gives law enforcement agencies nine months to create body camera policies, which would be approved by the state Law Enforcement Training Council.

    

Police can then apply for money for the cameras and 20 agencies that already have them will be included. The delay gives lawmakers an extra year to find money to pay for the cameras.

    

The bill heavily restricts when the videos can be released to the public.

    

The measure moved quickly after unarmed driver Walter Scott was shot in the back by a North Charleston police officer.

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