The First Statewide Police Body-Cam Law Comes With a Major Caveat

by: Corey Hutchins | CJR

Last week, Nikki Haley of South Carolina became the first governor to sign a state law directing every police department in the state to implement the use of body-worn cameras. Just one thing: The footage captured by all those cop-cams won’t be subject to the state’s open records laws.


Notably, the bill signing came not long after the Aiken Standard, a South Carolina newspaper, filed a lawsuit against local and state police for withholding dash-cam footage of a fatal 2014 police shooting.

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