HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Senator Greg Hembree, (R) Horry and Dillon Counties, is trying to flip the FOIA process around in favor of the public when it comes to dash cam video of officer-involved shootings.
"Those types of situations carry so much public interest that you want to get that information out there because it can answer a lot of questions in the public hopefully, and avoid people getting fearful and asking questions that really could be answered by an objective video."
Hembree introduced a bill in the South Carolina Senate this week adding to the list of items that are required to be released as public information under FOIA.
He wants FOIA to include dash cam video and audio recordings from officer-involved incidents that end in death, injury, property damage or involve the use of deadly force.
The bill said a law enforcement agency would have to go to the courts asking for permission to not release the video and a hearing has to be scheduled within 15 days of the FOIA request.
Video or audio recordings with specific information that could be harmful to a person or an investigation if disclosed would be exemptions the law enforcement agency could prove in court.
Hembree said he didn't include body camera video in this bill because body cameras still aren't used by all agencies statewide and they're in more of an experimental stage.
Hembree said this bill was filed last year as well.
It has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.