- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

CHICAGO — U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that there are no easy fixes to the problem of youth violence and that every citizen needs to be part of the solution.

Mr. Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a trip to Chicago to meet with city leaders to discuss youth violence in the wake of the beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert

But Mr. Holder said youth violence is an American problem and not just a Chicago problem. He said the nation was shocked at the violence on the video that captured Albert’s fatal beating.

And Mr. Holder said the beating was a call to action for a nationwide problem.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said the Wednesday-morning meeting with Mr. Holder and Mr. Duncan was productive. He said they talked about ways to help children, including providing mentors and creating more after-school and weekend programs.

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