On Friday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales insisted the numbers do not indicate a national trend.
“No one answer, no one approach, no one government agency can solve the violent crime problems that these communities face,” he said at a news conference. “Each city’s solutions must be tailored to its particular situation.”
Gonzales says violent crime impact teams will be sent to four more cities, bringing the total to 29 receiving special federal assistance. But Democrats want the Bush administration to restore federal funds, so cities can hire more police officers.