U.S Attorney General pledges to help East St. Louis crime problem

U.S Attorney General pledges to help East St. Louis crime problem

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 15: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media while announcing new criminal charges and settlement in the case against the BP oil company on November 15, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. BP will pay $4.5 billion dollars in the settlement and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 2 at 4:49 PM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says he'll see what federal authorities can do to help law enforcement in southwestern Illinois fight crime.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Holder was in St. Clair County on Friday. He met privately with U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton before addressing law enforcement.

Holder says that they'll get help from the federal Department of Justice to make sure they have the tools they need. But he added that all the answers "won't come from Washington, D.C."

Holder suggested authorities might try new anti-violence efforts recently launched in Connecticut in southwest Illinois.

Efforts to fight crime in East St. Louis have been prevalent for years, but authorities say there aren't enough police officers for the crime rate.

Holder told the newspaper that residents also have to help.

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