South Carolina bill requires police to get judge’s OK to withhold video

Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina would need a judge's permission to withhold dashcam video under legislation intended to prevent police from indefinitely blocking the public's ability to scrutinize an officer's action.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin said Thursday his bill could inject confidence in a police decision.

Currently, if a public records request is denied, the only recourse for a family or news organization is to sue. But that's too expensive to be a real option in many cases, said Martin, R-Pickens. Continue…