WATCH: Body cameras and better mental health training — those are just a couple of the 84 recommendations from a report reviewing police use of force. Sean Mallen reports
TORONTO – Expanding the police use of Tasers, equipping officers with body-worn cameras and educating them on mental-health issues could help prevent deadly use of force when police deal with those in crisis, suggests a new report released Thursday.
The ideas were among 84 recommendations in a sweeping review of the Toronto Police Service’s guidelines and practices conducted by former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci.
“If reasonable steps can be taken to prevent even one unnecessary death, then those steps must be taken,” Iacobucci said as he detailed his work. “It is clear that the police are part of the mental-health system. They have become the front-line mental-health workers.”
Toronto police Chief Bill Blair commissioned the report last year…
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