The officer is angered after receiving a short paycheck and more frustrated by a classic Detroit problem: Ever-flexible rules.
"Not much you can do about it, you know," the officer said. "Upset about it, you know, but you just gotta pay your bills the best way you can. Maybe somebody gets paid this month and maybe you don't. You gotta wait."
The city of Detroit told a Circuit Court judge, who had ordered a freeze on the 10 percent pay cut the city tried to impose this past week, that he would have to wait. That's because the city's human resources department could not move quickly enough to stop the pay cuts in its computerized payroll system.
So, despite the judge's ruling, the cuts have arrived. There is no question, considering what the Detroit cops face each day and night, they ought to get top dollar. However, the city is beyond broke and now the men and women in blue toil in the violent trenches with financial worries weighing on their minds.
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