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e-2471 (Justice)

Initiated by Tyler Inglis from Nanaimo, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Body cameras are perhaps the most feasible way of improving police accountability;
  • Body cameras can alter the behaviour of people aware that their actions are being recorded and reduce violence;
  • Body cameras protect officers from liability when they are the target of false accusations and protect citizens from false police testimony;
  • Body cameras improve accountability resulting in greater trust, leading to greater public cooperation with police;
  • Video and audio can add powerful evidence to courtrooms and provide greater detail and accuracy than memory alone often offers;
  • Support for body cameras in the U.S. is very high (e.g. a YouGov poll of U.S. respondents put support at 88% with only 7% in opposition), and similar support might be found in Canada if researched; and
  • It is a dangerous policy to allow a powerful body like the RCMP to budget their own preferred level of accountability.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to grant the RCMP funding for body cameras and associated costs, such as data storage, to equip nearly all personnel interacting with the public (with rare exceptions such as undercover officers) with this technology, and, as deemed best, funding being either additional to the RCMP's budget, deduct a proportionate amount of money from the RCMP's budget to cover the expense, or a combination thereof.
Open for signature
March 18, 2020, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 16, 2020, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Paul Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith)
October 26, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00159)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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