Senators advance NC bill protecting people who film officers
Some senators say they're concerned about the possibility of bystanders getting too close
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill specifying that people have the right to film or photograph officers without threat of arrest has advanced in the South Carolina Senate.
The measure approved Tuesday by the Judiciary Committee follows the death last April of an unarmed black motorist in North Charleston. The officer was quickly charged with murder after a bystander's video showing him repeatedly shooting Walter Scott in the back.
Sen. Gerald Malloy says his proposal protects bystanders from arrest or intimidation if they're filming from a public place where they have a right to be standing. The Hartsville Democrat says filming of officers has become routine anyway, and people should not be threatened to stop or give up their camera.
Some senators say they're concerned about the possibility of bystanders getting too close.
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