- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston Police say all 300 of its patrol officers and supervisors have been given body cameras.

The police department said in a news release Tuesday that all the officers were trained before they started wearing the devices.

Charleston says it paid for the cameras with state and federal grants, along with donations.

South Carolina lawmakers approved nearly $6 million for body cameras earlier this year, spurred by a bystander’s 2015 video showing a white North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed black driver as he ran from a traffic stop.

But that’s not nearly enough money. State economic advisers had estimated it would cost $21.5 million to equip all of South Carolina’s state and local law officers in the first year, then $12 million annually for maintenance and data storage.



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