Justice Dept, police gather for summit on violent crime

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Posted: Oct 07, 2015 3:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department officials are meeting with police commanders from across the country to discuss ways to reduce violent crime.

The summit Wednesday came as murders in many large American cities have risen this year. In Washington, D.C., homicides are up 46 percent from the same time last year.

Most of the meeting took place privately. But Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the group spoke about the effects of crime and the needs for government partnerships.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters last week that he was "very concerned" about rising murder rates and that "all of us need to figure out what is going on here."

He said police chiefs have told him the victims of the violence are largely young men, but there are otherwise aren't obvious unifying factors.