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
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.