Media playback is unsupported on your device

City of Detroit begins to seek bankruptcy

23 October 2013 Last updated at 14:18 BST

A court case beginning on Wednesday will determine whether the City of Detroit can stop paying its bills and begin declaring bankruptcy.

Repercussions would be felt by many, including retired workers claiming state pensions.

Samira Hussain reports.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.