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Enter Detroit at your own risk: Police issue shocking warning to baseball fans

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By Daily Mail Reporter

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 SaturdayProtest: Off-duty police officers handed out fliers to  fans as they entered the Detroit Tigers’ stadium on Saturday

Off-duty police officers handed out this flyer to fans as they poured into Comerica Park in DetroitOff-duty police officers handed out this flyer to fans  as they poured into Comerica Park in Detroit

‘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' Police union president Joe Duncan wants Detroit city  authorities to realize that ‘we don’t have enough man hours’

Plain-clothed Detroit police are warning that further cuts to police will be disastrous for the cityPlain-clothed Detroit police are warning that further  cuts to police will be disastrous for the city

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