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'Why pick on us, the people who protected their city?'

23 October 2013 Last updated at 12:29 BST

Retired police officer Gordon MacDonald, 87, and his wife Erma, 82, have been describing their fears that his pension, earned over 39 years with the Detroit force, may be a casualty of the city's bankruptcy filing.

Detroit owes up to $20bn with $9bn due to its ballooning pension and healthcare costs.

The city's emergency manager Kevin Orr has argued bankruptcy would bring a fresh financial start.

Gordon told the BBC, "We've been getting by - if they take my pension away, then we'll be in bad shape."