Police to wear body cameras for disbanding of homeless camp

A woman takes cover from the rain behind a park sign in Oppenheimer Park in downtown Vancouver, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Vancouver's police force says some of its officers will be wearing video cameras during the dismantling of a homeless camp that is facing a court-ordered eviction.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER - Vancouver's police force says some of its officers will be wearing video cameras during the dismantling of a homeless camp that is facing a court-ordered eviction.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has issued an injunction ordering people living in about 200 makeshift shelters in the city's Oppenheimer Park to clear out by 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police Chief Jim Chu says officers will be on hand to keep the peace, particularly if city staff begin clearing away the encampment, and some of those officers will be wearing video cameras.

Chu says the city has purchased eight cameras that can attach to officers' chests, though he declined to say whether all eight of those cameras will be deployed at Oppenheimer Park.

The force already uses handheld cameras at large events and protests, and Chu says the wearable cameras are simply an extension of that practice.

Chu says they're still examining whether to deploy wearable cameras throughout the force, though he says the newly purchased cameras will be used in the future.


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