PUBLISHED:19:11 EST, 7 October 2012| UPDATED:19:54 EST, 7 October 2012
Police officers in Detroit greeted football fans attending Saturday night’s Tigers game with a shock warning: ‘Enter Detroit at Your Own Risk.’
To protest against plans to cut their pay and increase their hours, an estimated 400 off-duty police officers handed out fliers to fans as they entered the Tigers’ Comerica Park stadium.
Under the heading ‘Attention: Enter Detroit at Your Own Risk’, the flyer warns that Detroit is America’s most violent city, with the highest homicide rate, while it’s police force is grossly understaffed and under paid.
Protest: Off-duty police officers handed out fliers to fans as they entered the Detroit Tigers’ stadium on Saturday
‘We’re not discouraging people from coming, I love the city, I want them to realize we don’t have enough man hours,’ police union president Joe Duncan told My Fox Detroit.
In an attempt to save $350 million during the current fiscal year, the city of Detroit and the Detroit Police Officer’s Association are at odds over a new contract that calls for 10 percent pay cuts and 12-hour shifts for police officers. The current contract for the union’s 2,130 members expired on June 30.
‘I don’t think the city is going to get same officer eight hours a day as you do for 12 hours a day,’ said Duncan.
Fans were also urged to vote yes on Proposal 2, which would guarantee collective bargaining rights and against an emergency manager law ballot proposal.
Duncan said the move by the city is equal to union busting and further cuts to police would be disastrous.
The Detroit Tigers won the game, the first of their division series, against the Oakland Athletics, 3-1.
Police union president Joe Duncan wants Detroit city authorities to realize that ‘we don’t have enough man hours’