Attorney General Lauds Youth Violence Program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is praising a Minneapolis program to reduce youth violence and pledged support from the Justice Department and plans to bring the program to a national scale.

Holder is calling reducing youth violence a “moral calling” and one of the most important tasks in shaping the nation’s future.

He says children who are involved in violence show a tendency toward alcohol and drug abuse and emotional problems.

Holder spoke at the University of Minnesota on Friday in favor of the Youth Violence Prevention initiative.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says the program has led to a reduction in the numbers of youths involved in violent crime, including as victims.

Holder’s speech was frequently interrupted by anti-war protesters who say they have been unfairly targeted for investigation.

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  • Katie

    The protesters are entitled to their opinions. But that’s all it is: OPINIONS. They have NO facts to substantiate their claims. I hope they behave themselves so they don’t give the rest of us Minnesotans a bad name throughout the nation.

    • dan

      Behave themselves just like the protestors at the last GOP convention in Mpls? Smashing windows of local business’ in the area.

  • Lance

    The worst attorney general since janet reno.

    • Karen Cornelius Renneke

      I agree.. he is nuts.

  • Tom


    How about Alberto Gonzales Bush’s Atttorney General?

    • Lance

      He is 3rd worst

  • Mmd. DeFarge

    Hey Eric, how’s that Operation Fast and Furious working? What a great idea, forcing NFA dealers to sell semi-auto weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Can’t wait till Grassley and Issa get done with you…and your boss.


    Hey Eric, can I sign you up as our newest member of the NRA?

  • Tom

    Consrvatives seem to have selective memory disorder when it comes to certain things. You make it sound like your party has a squeeky clean record!

  • kevin

    Tom,the repub’s don’t have a squeeky clean record,but then I just think back to your buddy Billy Clinton.

    • Tom


      Conservatives seem to have trouble getting past the Monica thing!

      • dan


        I think we are a bit more current like Geitner not paying any taxes.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Anti-War Protesters shouldn’t be smoking pot with terrorists.

  • kevin

    hwo about our new fan favorite MR. Edwards

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