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AG Roundtable: Building community trust

Eric Holder. (Source: Attorney General) Eric Holder. (Source: Attorney General)
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On the heels of President Obama's national call to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect and serve, the U.S. Department of Justice's Attorney General Eric Holder was in Cleveland Thursday to hold a roundtable meeting as part of the department's Building Community Trust initiative.  

Holder was joined by Mayor Frank Jackson and US Attorney Steven Dettelbach and about two dozen community leaders, elected officials and law enforcement. 

"What we really want to have, as I said, is a real dialogue about what's wrong, what's right and ideas you have about how we might deal with those issues," Holder said as a lead in to the discussion.

Earlier this week, Holder traveled to Atlanta for the first in series of meetings with law enforcement, community leaders. After leaving Cleveland, his next stop will be Memphis, before heading to Chicago and Philadelphia. Holder will wrap up his tour in Oakland, California.

"The issues that we're dealing with in Cleveland are not unique to Cleveland, the problems that we confront are really national in scope and we have to come up national solutions," Holder said.

The roundtables will serve as an opportunity to bring law enforcement, elected officials and members of the community together to discuss next steps that the administration will take to improve relationships between law enforcement and the community, increase the integrity within our justice system, and share best practices for policing.

The Attorney General hosted the first such Building Community Trust roundtable meeting at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday. There, he discussed President Obama's announcement to create the Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the federal review on the use of military-style equipment for local law enforcement, and the new Community Policing Initiative to fund up to 50,000 additional body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies. 

At Monday's community town hall meeting at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the Attorney General announced that the department will soon release new guidelines on the use of racial profiling by federal law enforcement agencies.

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