Hillary Clinton to Call for Body Cameras for All Police – NBCNews.com

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will discuss ongoing tensions in Baltimore and call for body cameras for every police department in country during an address Wednesday at Columbia University.

A Clinton aide says that the Democratic frontrunner will also call for “an end to the era of mass incarceration” during remarks at the 18th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum.

Baltimore has been gripped by clashes between police and protesters in recent days after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man, from a spinal injury suffered while he was in police custody.

Backers of police body cameras say that the strategy will increase transparency for law enforcement and help ensure that officers don’t violate the rights of suspects.

The aide says that Clinton will also discuss criminal justice reforms like alternative punishments for low-level offenders and increased resources for mental health and drug treatments.

Her statement about ending “the era of mass incarceration” is an implicit rebuke to one of her husband’s policy legacies.

It follows an apology of sorts that Bill Clinton issued earlier this week in a new foreword on a book about criminal justice reform. “By 1994, violent crime had tripled in 30 years,” he wrote. “Our communities were under assault. We acted to address a genuine national crisis. But much has changed since then. It’s time to take a clear-eyed look at what worked, what didn’t, and what produced unintended, long-lasting consequences.”

– Mark Murray and Carrie Dann