Detroit official: 'Bankruptcy gives us breathing room'

Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager has told a press conference that the move to bankruptcy was "tool" to give the city "breathing room".

Bankruptcy is a tool in our toolbox to get at the goals that we want to achieve.

It gives us breathing room. We are being sued on almost a weekly basis and that's the very thing that I have pleaded for - not to happen.

– Detroit's state appointed bankruptcy manager Kevyn Orr


Detroit files for bankruptcy

The city of Detroit in the United States has become the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. It has debts of more than £11 billion.