Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett meets with Obama and Holder in D.C.


by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE -- Mayor Tom Barrett met with President Obama and Attorney General Holder on Tuesday in Washington D.C.

Barrett, along with other mayors from around the country, were there to discuss reducing youth violence.

In a release from the White House, it said the President reiterated that government alone can never fill the void that causes a child to turn to violence, but that we all have a responsibility to do our part to create safe communities and save lives.

It went on to say that the President applauded the mayors for their local efforts to combat violence, solicited their input about proven methods, and pledged his Administration’s partnership.

It's unclear right now how the President plans to partner with cities on crime.

Previously, the Mayor asked for the Governor's help in adding more police overtime.

The President also vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking.

Mayor will be speaking with the media Wednesday at 2:15 about the visit.


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