Police Chief James Craig testified Friday that poor working conditions, low morale and a depleted force justify the city’s need for bankruptcy relief to improve basic services, according to the Detroit News.
“Everything’s broken,” Craig said during the third day of Detroit’s bankruptcy eligibility trial in federal court. “Deplorable conditions. Crime is extremely high, morale low.”
Craig became Detroit’s top cop in July, just weeks before the city filed the largest municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history. City officials want to shed billions of dollars in legacy costs to free more money to fix streetlights, remove blight and improve police response times.