Bill to release SC cop shooting videos sent to Senate floor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill requiring authorities in South Carolina to release dashboard camera videos in police shootings is heading to the Senate floor.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday.

If law enforcement wants to keep a shooting video from the public, they would have to convince a judge that releasing the footage would damage their case or jeopardize police procedure.

If a video is kept secret, the judge has to give a reason and a time it will be released.

Sen. Larry Martin pushed the proposal after the State Law Enforcement Division refused for three months to release the video of a Seneca officer shooting and killing 19-year-old Zachary Hammond.

The bill also allows law enforcement to keep private a victim’s final words before death on a 911 call.

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