Following more than a month of anti-police brutality protests, calls continue for more police forces in Canada to adopt body-worn cameras. Many political leaders have been calling for broader use of body-worn cameras on police officers, saying it would provide increased accountability in the wake of global protests against racism and police violence. But the majority of research into the technology has found no consistent evidence that the cameras reduce police violence. Research released last year looked at 70 other studies into body-cams and found they had statistically insignificant impacts on police and citizen behaviour. The University of Toronto’s Erick Laming, who studies police use of force, notes there’s not been enough research into the usefulness of the cameras in Canada.
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