06/08/2012 08:30 am ET

Police Cuts Loom As Detroit Struggles To Curb Violence

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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