Detroit's emergency manager painted a picture of a city in dire financial straits in testimony on Monday, with budgets so strained that bumpers were falling off police cars, as he laid out the city's case of why a municipal bankruptcy filing was the only way back to health.
Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager, sparred with a lawyer representing city retirees in the fourth day of Detroit's landmark bankruptcy eligibility trial.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder began to testify Monday afternoon, a rare court appearance by a sitting governor.
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Ahead of Snyder's testimony, about 100 protesters, a handful carrying signs with photos of Snyder with devil's horns, marched outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in downtown Detroit chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Rick Snyder has got to go."
Orr noted that a number of lawsuits were filed in the weeks before the city filed for bankruptcy on July 18, saying that the litigation made it clear that city creditors were not willing to make compromises on reducing Detroit's debt.