A chronic deficit in Cleveland Ohio's municipal budget, followed by the Council's refusal to increase taxes, forced the lay-off last week of 193 policemen.
GV Group of police march towards Country Welfare Department carrying banners (3 shots)
SV Group enters Welfare Department (2 shots)
CU Welfare official speaking SOUND STARTS: "It will be necessary...." ENDS: "...should be no problem
SV Policemen in Welfare Department (2 shots)
CU Welfare official speaks. SOUND STARTS: "Here of course...." ENDS: "....our regular applicants"
SV Police signing papers (4 shots)
CU Policeman Richard Daquila SOUND STARTS: "I don't know...." ENDS: "...will suffer"
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: WELFARE OFFICIAL: "It will be necessary for you to fill out some information for us in order for us to issue you with the application. Because of the size we will split you in half and all of you will probably be served by noon today. There should be no problem.
SEQ. 5: WELFARE OFFICIAL: "Here of course, we are handling your situation a little bit different from our regular applicants."
SEQ. 7: POLICEMAN: "I don't know, we'll get along but in reality the people of Cleveland will suffer in the long run."
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Background: A chronic deficit in Cleveland Ohio's municipal budget, followed by the Council's refusal to increase taxes, forced the lay-off last week of 193 policemen.
On Friday (July 9) all 193 policemen, some with their families, went to the city's welfare department to apply en masse for public assistance. Under Ohio's law, public employees are not entitled to unemployment benefits, and so welfare money is the only public assistance the policemen can get.
SYNOPSIS: 193 policemen in Cleveland, Ohio, marched on Friday to their local welfare office after they had been laid off. Attempts to get more money to keep them on the force in the form of proposed increased taxes had been voted down twice.
The policemen went to the Welfare Department because public employees are not entitled to unemployment benefits. So welfare money is the only public assistance they can get.
Welfare officials said that of all the policemen who went on Friday, only 21 filled out information sheets, the first step in getting the benefits. Those eligible may collect as much as 239 dollars a month.