Peter Small Courts Bureau
Videos showing a Toronto cop threatening to Taser two suspects demonstrate the need to record virtually all police interactions with the public, a prominent lawyer says.
“It shows the tremendous value of insisting that police-citizen encounters, and especially police-detainee encounters, are video and audio recorded,” Paul Burstein, president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, said Tuesday.
There is no reason to believe police mistreatment of suspects is rampant, he added.
“Whether it’s rampant or rare … The only way to guard against it is to ensure that these encounters are video and audio recorded.”