Hillary Clinton on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Reform

Hillary Clinton paid a visit to Columbia University on Wednesday morning to deliver the keynote address at the David Dinkins Leadership & Public Policy Forum. Speaking before a full audience in Low Library, the former secretary of state discussed law enforcement and reforming the criminal justice system in the United States.

Hillary Clinton at Columbia University (April 29, 2015)

Hillary Clinton at Columbia University (April 29, 2015) © Columbia Public Policy Review

Clinton used the occasion to comment on the ongoing riots in Baltimore, declaring that the events “tear at your soul,” and urging, “the violence has to stop.”

Her keynote had been billed as the first major policy speech of her 2016 presidential campaign, but the speech was long on statistics and short on detailed policy ideas. However, one of the concrete policy suggestions she announced is likely to attract attention: expanding the use of body camera among police.

“We should make sure every police department in the country has body cameras to record interactions between officers on patrol and suspects,” Ms. Clinton said. “The President has provided the idea of matching funds to state and local governments investing in body cameras. We should go even further and make this the norm everywhere.”

View her full speech here: