Detroit Police Chief James Craig testified about “deplorable” conditions within the department the endangered the lives of residents and officers and contributed to the city’s need for Chapter 9 bankruptcy relief.
Craig’s testimony was the most gripping during a day that also featured contentious exchanges between creditor lawyers and one of the architects of Detroit’s restructuring. The day also featured a brief stint on the witness stand by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
Orr was just getting warm — testifying about his courtship with Gov. Rick Snyder — before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ended testimony at 5 p.m.
Orr will return at 9 a.m. Monday and likely be interrupted at 1 p.m. by Snyder, the star witness who is expected to testify about why he authorized the city’s bankruptcy July 18 and defend against claims the filing is unconstitutional and will eviscerate constitutionally protected retiree pensions.