Mayor John Tory says he helps the thought of outfitting TTC officers with body-worn cameras in an effort to offer extra accountability on the subject of interactions between workers and members of the general public.
On the mayor’s government committee assembly on Monday, metropolis councillors mentioned a employees report on the standing of the TTC’s anti-racism technique.
Throughout the assembly, Tory expressed help for the thought of implementing body-worn cameras for fare inspectors and particular constables.
“I might solely hope the employees beneath Mr. Leary’s path… can come to some conclusions and make some suggestions and take some steps, which might embody body-worn cameras,” Tory mentioned.
The mayor famous that whereas the tools could be costly, it might be less expensive if the cameras are included as a part of the police service’s plan to equip officers with physique cameras.
“I’m satisfied we might discover a method to try this economically, maybe piggy-backing on a few of the investments that will probably be made on the subsequent assembly of the police board,” Tory mentioned.
“I’m assured that we are able to do this too as a result of I feel that’s in the end an accountability and safety measure for everyone that I feel could be priceless.”
The TTC unveiled an anti-racism technique final summer season after town’s ombudsman discovered points with a TTC investigation that cleared two fare enforcement officers of any wrongdoing in reference to a bodily altercation with a Black teen on the St. Clair streetcar in 2018.
The ombudsman found that the TTC investigation “fell short” in some ways, together with probably overlooking proof of unconscious racial bias.
Tory mentioned the peaceable anti-racism protests happening on Toronto streets in current weeks present the “harm and anguish” individuals are feeling proper now.
Tory mentioned he feels assured that TTC CEO Rick Leary and consultants who’ve been tasked with serving to the TTC implement its anti-racism technique will probably be profitable in “altering the tradition” on the transit company.
“The duty of adjusting a tradition just isn’t solely one thing that doesn’t occur instantly however it is vitally exhausting work as a result of there are issues that get entrenched and they’re entrenched not as a result of anyone desires them to be however simply because they’re,” Tory mentioned.
“That is what actually leads to what’s known as systemic racism as a result of it’s inbuilt throughout the system and it’s baked in to the system and must be form of baked out of the system.”