An online petition calling for Toronto police officers to be equipped with body cameras is approaching 100,000 signatures, highlighting renewed pressure on Canadian law enforcement to employ the devices.
But high costs associated with the technology — and warnings the devices only capture part of a police intervention — have so far left bodycams largely absent from Canadian cities.
"[The petition] basically shows me that everybody wants police to be held accountable for their actions," said Kate Jandl of Waterloo, Ont., who created the petition. "And it showed me the great number of people who are behind this."
Jandl decided to take action following the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell 24 storeys from her apartment balcony in Toronto last month in the presence of police. The Special Investigations Unit, Ontario's police watchdog, is investigating the 29-year-old's death.