In an opinion article in the Toronto Star, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie argued that the Peel Police needed body cams.
This article comes after a great deal of tension in the United States and Canada over the death of George Floyd and other instances of alleged police brutality.
"Transparency is a powerful force," said the two mayors. Rewarding the good, punishing the bad, and holding accountable those who foster injustice."
"Body Worn Cameras save lives and increase accountability of our police officers. They are an important tool in modern policing and it is time our police forces are given the resources to use them," they added.
Patrick Brown has been the mayor of Brampton since 2018, after serving as leader of Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party. Bonnie Crombie, on the other hand, has been a mayor since 2014—previously serving as a federal Liberal member of parliament.
"We can do better and we will do better, but only by working together," they added.
"Building trust and increasing accountability and transparency in our police force is a job that is never done."
Over the last two weeks, the United States has been engulfed by racial tension. Protestors have taken to the streets in nearly every major American city to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to condemn systematic racism in the country's police force.
These protests have now spilled into Canada. The two largest have taken place in Toronto, which was entirely peaceful, and Montreal. In the latter of the two cities, a group of Antifa activists triggered a full-fledged riot.