COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senator Greg Hembree yesterday introduced legislation to make changes to the Freedom of Information Act that would make dashcam video of officer-involved shootings public information.
The bill, S.481, would change the process to require a law enforcement agency to petition a court to restrict release of these dashcam videos. Currently, the person is required to apply for a court order to release dashcam videos if the agency refuses to release them.
“The impact of officer-involved shootings on our communities is far too important and the presumption to release the video should be in the favor of the public. This new proposal to the Freedom of Information Act is with the community in mind so that clear information may be provided to the public as quickly as possible,” Senator Greg Hembree said.
Additionally, a provision would be included to protect the release of dying declarations unless waived by the victim’s next of kin, and allows restriction of release of additional materials if certain circumstances exist.
First elected in 2013, Senator Greg Hembree represents portions of Horry and Dillon counties. In addition to the Finance Committee, he serves on the Education, General, Invitations, Rules, and Transportation committees.