CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the nation is facing “critical times” when it comes to the lack of trust that exists between some communities and law enforcement.

Holder stopped in Chicago on Friday for a discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and community leaders.

Holder says the solution is confronting the issue and both sides need to understand each other.

The meeting is part of an effort launched by President Barack Obama after clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri.

Holder spoke briefly before the closed-door discussion.  Attendees included the Rev. Michael Pfleger of Chicago.

The meeting follows a similar one in Atlanta, where Holder said the Justice Department would release guidance aimed at ending racial profiling. Others were held in Cleveland and Memphis, Tennessee. Holder next goes to Oakland, Calif.

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