Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder: Detroit's violence 'unacceptable'

An average of two black men are killed a week in Detroit and 60 percent of young people are now exposed to violence as victims or witnesses, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a fundraising dinner for the Detroit branch of the NAACP Sunday at Cobo Center.

Addressing more than 6,000 people at the Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, Holder called those statistics "shocking" and said that's why his administration is directing "unprecedented" resources to reducing young people's exposure to violence.

"All of this is unacceptable," Holder said.

Holder was one of among dozen of state and national politicians, clergy, and business leaders who turned out for the 57th annual dinner, which marked the 100th birthday of the Detroit branch. Attendees included Mayor Dave Bing; U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit; U.S. Sens. Carl Levin; and Debbie Stabenow; Bob King, president of UAW International; and Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. Read More