Holder in Chicago, lauds ‘amazing’ turnaround in student safety at CPS by Fran Spielman
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder returned to Chicago Wednesday to hail the “amazing” turnaround in school safety since the 2009 beating death of Fenger Academy student Derrion Albert — even after 50 school closings.
“There are a lot of great things going on in Chicago. There is an organized, a galvanized community led by a great mayor that has led to reductions in all the viable statistics — really amazing reductions,” Holder said during a roundtable at police headquarters.
“If you’d said this city was gonna be where it is now five years ago, I’d have said that was being really, really optimistic — perhaps even overly optimistic. But this mayor, this community has proven that attorney general at that time wrong.”