What Hillary Clinton says about Baltimore violence

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What Hillary Clinton says about Baltimore violence.

New York — Hillary Rodham Clinton says a wave of unrest in Baltimore shows the need to “restore order and security” and she plans to outline steps to reform the criminal justice system, including the addition of body cameras to every police department in the country. In her first major policy address as a presidential candidate, the former secretary of state later Wednesday was addressing the violence set off in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal-cord injury while in police custody.

Previewing her speech, a Clinton aide said she would lay out policy proposals to end an era of mass incarceration during a speech at New York’s Columbia University. She is expected to discuss reforms to probation and drug diversions, increasing support for mental health and drug treatment and pursuing alternative punishments for low-level offenders, including young people. Clinton said Tuesday night during a New York fundraiser that Gray’s death and the aftermath were “heartbreaking,” pointing to injuries to police officers and the burning of homes and small businesses.

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