Mayor Rybak Discusses Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention with President Obama, Attorney General Holder
Mayor joined by Assistant Police Chief Clark, other mayors at White House discussions today
August 27, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak met with President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other U.S. mayors at the White House today to discuss strategies for preventing youth violence, and to share some of Minneapolis’ results in doing so. Mayor Rybak first joined other mayors in a meeting with President Obama, then met with Attorney General Eric Holder in an expanded group that included Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Matthew Clark.
In the meeting with President Obama, according to the White House readout, “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. The President applauded the mayors for their local efforts to combat violence, solicited their input about proven methods, and pledged his Administration’s partnership.”
The White House added that President Obama “also vowed to continue doing everything in his power to combat gun violence through executive action and to press Congress to pass common-sense reforms like expanding the background check system and cracking down on gun trafficking.”
Mayor Rybak said, “It is powerful that with all that is on his plate, President Obama listened to mayors for an hour on a topic that is critically important to us and our cities. This is a President who, like mayors, has personally witnessed the tragedy of youth violence and gun violence in our cities. I was pleased to share with the President, the Attorney General and fellow mayors some of the results of our efforts in Minneapolis to prevent youth violence.
“President Obama and Attorney General Holder demonstrated again today that after Newtown and so many other tragedies, and at a time when youth and gun violence is not on the front page, they are still committed to helping mayors end it,” Mayor Rybak concluded
· The number of youth involved in violent crime is down 57%.
· The number of youth involved in gun violence is down 67%.
· The number of youth injured in gun violence is down 62%.
· The number of youth victims of homicide is down 60%.
In addition to Mayor Rybak, the following mayors attended today’s meeting with President Obama:
- Mayor Greg Ballard (Indianapolis, IN)
- Mayor Tom Barrett (Milwaukee, WI)
- Mayor Cory Booker (Newark, NJ)
- Mayor Vincent Gray (Washington, DC)
- Mayor Sly James (Kansas City, MO)
- Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento, CA)
- Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA)
- Mayor Mark Mallory (Cincinnati, OH)
- Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA)
- Mayor Annise Parker (Houston, TX)
- Mayor Jean Quan (Oakland, CA)
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore, MD)
- Mayor Kasim Reed (Atlanta, GA)
- Mayor Francis Slay (St. Louis, MO)
- Mayor Dayne Walling (Flint, MI)
- Mayor Molly Ward (Hampton, VA)
- Mayor A C Wharton (Memphis, TN)
Published Aug. 28, 2013