– ROCK HILL HERALD, JUNE 20 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys are waiting to see how South Carolina’s new law requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras will affect the attorneys’ workload and the prosecution of cases.
A bill requiring officers to wear body cameras was signed into law earlier this month. It requires the Law Enforcement Training Council to draft guidelines for implementing and using cameras. Agencies must submit their policies for approval within nine months.
Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said body cameras offer a great form of video evidence, but he is concerned about having enough storage to retain the footage submitted to his office. His office is required by the S.C. Department of Archives and History to maintain the footage for 50 years.