- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina bill promoting the use of body cameras has been named for the black man who was fatally shot last month by a white North Charleston police officer.

The House unanimously passed its version Wednesday. A perfunctory vote Thursday returns the bill to the Senate, which passed its version two weeks ago.

Changes included an amendment re-naming it “The Walter L. Scott Law.”

The legislation became a priority after a bystander’s video of then-officer Michael Slager fatally shooting Scott as he ran away prompted Slager’s arrest for murder.

The House version adds six months of study. It directs the Law Enforcement Training Council to study agencies already using them, then develop statewide guidelines within six more months.

The Senate’s budget proposal provides $3.4 million to buy cameras.



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