COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – There were 43 officer-involved shootings across the state of South Carolina in 2018.
The State Law Enforcement Division, or SLED, investigated 42 of those shooting cases.
Now, a state lawmaker wants to place SLED in charge of investigating all officer-involved shooting incidents.
The proposed bill was drafted for instances when an officer shoots a suspect, or a suspect dies in police custody.
State Senator Gerald Malloy, who filed the bill, said he hopes it brings uniformity.
“Full committee brought up some concerns about keeping that local autonomy, but most of us agreed SLED should handle these things,” he said. “We voted 14-8 and now the bill will head to the Senate floor for debate on Thursday.”
The bill was amended to include officers who die of un-natural causes and those killed in the line of duty.
Right now, SLED investigates officer-involved shootings by request.