When a South Carolina police officer was shot last year, he managed to capture the whole incident on video — thanks to a glasses-mounted camera he bought online.
Officer Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department was shot at least three times while on duty on New Year’s Day in 2016, court records show. Smith lived to tell the tale — and managed to film the shooting, though not with a typical body camera.
Smith had purchased a pair of glasses online that were outfitted with a camera, and the footage he captured helped send Malcolm Antwan Orr to prison after the jury saw the video in full.
According to CNN affiliate WJCL,Smith bought the glasses to wear on duty. The Estill Police Department does not have body cameras.
Multiple requests for comment to the Estill Police Department were not returned.
Orr, 29, of Hampton County, was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced to 35 years.
The judge handed down the sentence after a two-day trial and less than 45 minutes of jury deliberation. Orr got the maximum sentence for both charges, 30 years for attempted murder and five years for the weapons charge, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Supporters of body cameras argue they provide a real-time record of an encounter, improve officer safety and help provide a sense of transparency to the community. But body camera footage has been controversial in cases of officer-involved shootings.
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