University of South Carolina students march in support of body cameras
USC Junior Aaron Greene marches to the Statehouse to help be the voice of young adults
Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller says legislature needs to help the community feel safe
By: Taylor Rose
University of South Carolina students marched from the USC campus to the Statehouse to sit in on the Senate subcommittee meeting discussing whether to require all police officer to wear body cameras. The march was organized to show support for Walter Scott, the man who was shot and killed by an officer in North Charleston.
Junior Aaron Greene says it is important that young people show lawmakers that enough is enough.
“Officers are meant to protect and serve, not seek and destroy,” says Greene.
The proposed bill would require all South Carolina police officers to wear body camera while on duty. Lawmakers are now discussing if there will be any exceptions to this rule based on privacy.
Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller told committee members most of his concerns have to do with privacy and whether or not body cameras would be allowed in someone's home.
“There needs to be provisions,” Miller says. “We do need to promote public conference and trust, while safe guarding the privacy of others.”
Greene and other students who attended the meeting are hoping legislators see this is an issue that young people care about for themselves and future generations.
Lawmakers will meet April 21 to further discuss the proposed body cameras law. Lawmakers are deciding whether to use a template similar to Michigan's that would restrict media and citizen access to body camera footage taken in someone's home.