Body cameras: Get a clear picture

Canadian law enforcement agencies are investigating body cameras. Following a successful pilot project, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has asked for funding to equip all his officers, Montreal has added an additional 40 officers to their pilot project, and Ottawa Police is planning one.

Unlike mobile phone videos uploaded to social media, which often do not tell the whole story, police body cameras are intended to record the entire event as it unfolds in front of the officer. Most agencies using them require officers to record every interaction with the public. Body cameras can provide helpful evidence and protect police from unfounded accusations. If an officer steps over the line, that will be recorded as well.

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