Newly minted presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is proud of his record on crime as mayor of Baltimore, which has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. But he also has one regret: he wishes the city had provided body cameras for police officers sooner.
"I wish in retrospect that we had been leaders and implemented body cameras as well," O'Malley said Wednesday during a question-and-answer session with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "That will help."
The former Baltimore mayor said the city installed security cameras during his tenure, but he wishes the city had gone further and equipped police officers with body cameras. The use of wearable cameras has shown to decrease negative interactions between police and civilians, and has been held up as a potential method of bringing about more accountability for officers. A plan to equip police in Baltimore, after the death of Freddie Gray in April, is under debate in the city.
O'Malley's comments came after Javier Palomarez, the group's CEO, asked him about the fact that "some community leaders" have called his policies in Baltimore "the very cause for the mistrust" between police and minority citizens.
O'Malley defended his record as mayor, saying he took over a city where crime and violence had run rampant.