B.C.’s solicitor-general said Monday he wants to see cameras installed in all police stations in the province in the wake of the “gut-wrenching” Ian Bush inquest, as recommended by the coroner’s jury. ...“I’m sure that everybody at one point or other has thought, ‘If only there had been surveillance equipment available’,” said Les, referring to what happened after Const. Paul Koester and Bush went into the interview room. At the inquest, Koester said a fight broke out and he killed Bush in self-defence. But a lawyer for Bush’s family questioned the officer’s version and the subsequent RCMP investigation that resulted in no charges being laid against the officer.
The Vietnamese store around the corner from me, which sells weird misspelled cereals and stolen watches and dirty stuffed animals, has a capital budget for two security cameras in neighbouring corners of the store, and those are just the visible ones. I have enough equipment lying around my house unused to set up 24-hour surveillance of a room if I wanted to, with the footage stored on a 12-hour loop. I think we’re at the point where we should just amend the Criminal Code so that any death in police custody that’s not caught on video is automatically ruled culpable homicide. If that’s what it takes.