FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told thousands of people gathered at an NAACP fundraising dinner that violence in Detroit is "unacceptable."
He told the crowd Sunday in Detroit that his administration is directing "unprecedented" resources to reducing young people's exposure to such crime nationally.
He said homicide is the leading cause of death for black men between the ages of 15 and 24 nationwide, and more than 60 percent of all young are exposed to violence "at some point in their lives, either as victims or as witnesses."
Holder said in Detroit, an average of two young black men gets killed each week. He called the statistic "shocking."
He said the fight against violence continues nationally along with the struggle to overcome justice and eliminate disparities.