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Gonzales addresses black law enforcement officers

Alberto Gonzales, the embattled U.S. attorney general, visited Fort Lauderdale this morning to talk to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives about federal efforts to fight violent crime.

"We're proud of the partnership with state and local law enforcement," Gonzales told the crowd of more than 300 in his short speech. "But I realize that effort alone is no comfort to communities still tormented by violent crime."

Gonzales did not comment on the recent controversy over his congressional testimony last week nor did he take questions from the press.

Last Thursday, four U.S. senators called for a independent special prosecutor to look into perjury charges against Gonazles. Senators want the special counsel to look at possible contradictions in Gonzales' testimony about last year's firings of nine U.S. attorneys and about controversy surrounding the governments warrantless wiretapping program.