As the Detroit Tigers got ready to host the Oakland Athletics for playoff baseball, the city's police union warned visitors about the city's "war like" atmosphere, high crime rate, and low police morale.
Detroit Police Department officers participated in an "Enter at Your Own Risk" rally outside the Tigers' Comerica Park on Saturday, before Justin Verlander silenced the Oakland bats.
"Detroit is America's most violent city, its homicide rate is the highest in the country and yet the Detroit Police Department is grossly understaffed," Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio told WWJ. "The DPOA believes that there is a war in Detroit, but there should be a war on crime, not a war on its officers."
According to the FBI, Detroit has the nation's second highest violent crime rate behind Flint, Mich.