Police body cam funds go to all officers

SC Police must write rules for body camera use by Monday, March 7th.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s funding for police body cameras is being distributed to every agency that applied — including one that monitors oyster health and scrutinizes pharmacists.

After a bystander’s video last year showed a white North Charleston police officer killing a fleeing, unarmed black man, widespread outrage spurred state lawmakers to vote in favor of police body cameras.

They also came up with $5.8 million to pay for cameras and data storage.

A list provided to The Associated Press shows that while many small agencies got every dollar they applied for, the state Department of Public Safety is getting less than one-sixth of its request

State economic advisers had estimated equipping all of South Carolina’s officers would cost $21.5 million.

Legislators called the $5.8 million a start.

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