Police to test body-worn cameras at Oppenheimer Park eviction

Photo by John Bollwitt via Flickr

With all campers ordered to vacate Oppenheimer Park tonight at 10 p.m., the Vancouver Police Department has announced they will be testing out body-worn cameras to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected, the VPD said in a media release yesterday.

During this testing phase, eight police officers within the VPD’s Evidence Gathering Team will be wearing the body-mounted video equipment. For now, the VPD has no plans to roll out the cameras to the patrol officers.

“The use of body-worn video will allow VPD officers to record a more personal side of police interactions with demonstrators, increasing transparency and providing accurate accounts of police interactions with the public,” according to the media release.

The B.C. Supreme Court approved the City of Vancouver’s application for injunction last week, and gave campers a week’s notice to remove their tents and depart from the park.

“The cameras are being tested with everyone’s safety in mind,” says VPD Chief Constable Jim Chu. “Everyone is on their best behaviour when a camera is rolling.”

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