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Police Cuts Loom As Detroit Struggles To Curb Violence

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Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, left, with Mayor Dave Bing at a press conference announcing a new incentive program for reserve police officers on May 10, 2012 in Detroit.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, left, with Mayor Dave Bing at a press conference announcing a new incentive program for reserve police officers on May 10, 2012 in Detroit.

By George Hunter, Mike Wilkinson and Holly Fournier

The fight against crime in Detroit has reached a critical stage, experts say, with massive police budget cuts looming in a town that's already the most violent big city in the country.

Through the years, Detroit police have encountered gang wars, organized crime, race riots and Devil's Night mayhem in a town once dubbed the "Murder Capital" — but the embattled Detroit Police Department is on the brink of its worst crisis, Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said.

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