Will it affect body camera rules in S.C.?


Just before the jury began deliberations in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd, a member of the prosecutorial team told jurors to trust what they viewed.

“Believe your eyes,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher said. “What you saw, you saw.”

Evidence presented during the weeks-long trial included chilling footage of the moments leading up to Floyd’s death — bystander video and also recordings from the responding police officers’ own body-worn cameras.

Floyd, 46, died May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes. His death sparked protests throughout the United, including dozens throughout South Carolina and in its Upstate.

Will the jurors finding Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter and video being a key part of the evidence have any ripple effect in how law enforcement handles body camera footage in South Carolina — more than 1,000 miles from Minneapolis?

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