WASHINGTON — The Senate is planning to hold hearings on the police use of body cameras, as protests over the death of a black man in police custody continue in a nearby city.

Sen. Tim Scott called for the hearings Wednesday, saying body camera use will provide “increased protection for both law enforcement officers and those they serve.” Sen. Lindsey Graham leads the Judiciary Committee’s crime subcommittee and says the hearing is a “great idea.”

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The two men represent South Carolina, where Walter Scott was shot in the back and killed by a North Charleston officer on April 4.

Protests are ongoing in nearby Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after being handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

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