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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 29, 2013

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton and 17 other mayors met with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Tuesday to discuss strategies to reduce youth violence. In 2012, Wharton’s office reported 904 people 24 and younger were arrested for gun violence in Memphis. “This was one of the most in-depth, meaningful meetings I’ve ever attended at the White House,” Wharton told the Commercial Appeal. “It was probably over an hour with the president asking the questions. It’s clear that he gets it. This is not something he’s received a briefing paper on. He wanted specifics on some of the things we’re doing, such as Operation Safeways in Memphis. We’ll be working to beef up that program and expand it.”