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Attorney general: Police, communities should use debate on use of force to improve relations

  • Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a building community trust roundtable discussion with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Sitting alongside Holder from left are Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Holder talked about law enforcement and community relations in Oakland,  a city that experienced violent demonstrators against police abuse last year. Oakland is the sixth and last city the attorney general has conducted these police-community relations since unarmed black men were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a building community trust roundtable discussion with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Sitting alongside Holder from left are Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Holder talked about law enforcement and community relations in Oakland, a city that experienced violent demonstrators against police abuse last year. Oakland is the sixth and last city the attorney general has conducted these police-community relations since unarmed black men were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Attorney General Eric Holder gestures while speaking during a building community trust roundtable discussion with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Sitting alongside Holder from left are Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Holder talked about law enforcement and community relations in Oakland, a city that experienced violent demonstrators against police abuse last year. Oakland is the sixth and last city the attorney general has conducted these police-community relations since unarmed black men were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Attorney General Eric Holder gestures while speaking during a building community trust roundtable discussion with law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Sitting alongside Holder from left are Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Holder talked about law enforcement and community relations in Oakland, a city that experienced violent demonstrators against police abuse last year. Oakland is the sixth and last city the attorney general has conducted these police-community relations since unarmed black men were killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri and New York. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

Attorney General Eric Holder says law enforcement and other leaders should use the national debate over the use of force to improve relations with the communities they serve.

Holder met Thursday with politicians, law enforcement officials and community leaders in Oakland, California, a city that has seen tumultuous demonstrations against police.

It was the sixth and final city where Holder has convened such a meeting since President Obama asked him to organize such discussions.

Holder said the debate about police relations is an opportunity that shouldn't be squandered.

The meeting was closed to the public, and media were asked to leave after Holder's opening remarks.

Holder has held similar meetings in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee.