A sign promoting the Stockton Police in downtown Stockton

 
A sign promoting the Stockton Police in downtown Stockton
A sign promoting the Stockton Police in downtown Stockton, California, March 6, 2012. The Stockton Police Department has suffered from budget cuts, and the police union has responded with billboards. Pending any divine intervention, Stockton would skip its next bond payment and enter negotiations with its creditors. The process could end with Stockton, population 292,000, becoming the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS POLITICS)