Police chief Jim MacIntyre has asked Ottawa’s municipal police board to keep video cameras in the vehicle of Ottawa police officers in order to protect their privacy.
MacIntyre said he was concerned the use of the cameras would “seriously undermine” public confidence in Ottawa police, who are still trying to deal with the fallout from the March 2015 killing of James Boyd, who was shot dead by a Toronto officer while in custody.
In his letter, MacIntire said Ottawa police are being “severely affected” by a series of incidents, including the recent death of James Edward Braidwood, who died in the line of duty after an officer tackled him to the ground.
Braidwood died after he was tackled by Toronto police officer Peter Lai in April 2016, while he was in custody in Ottawa.
Ottawa police released a video of Braidwoods death that has sparked protests, but the video has not been released by the Ottawa Police Service.
The department is also looking into a complaint that a Toronto police chief had a body camera installed on his cruiser.
Lai was found not guilty in the 2016 killing of Toronto man Yolanda Carrington, but a judge has ordered the body camera footage from the case to be made public.