Many who gathered in a park across from Akron City Hall this evening just didn't get it.
How can a city that only three months ago seemed so fiscally sound be facing layoffs of more than 200 workers to offset millions in lost revenue?
And how can the city make cuts to the very departments that ensure its safety?
The questions resonated throughout the crowd — estimated at 500 — composed of police officers, firefighters, city workers and their supporters, from grandmothers to babies.
They all converged around Charles Goodyear City Park to protest citywide layoffs.
''How can some of our leaders shrug their shoulders at the prospect of laying off 96 police officers and over 30 firefighters? What kind of a message does that send?'' asked Akron police union President Paul Hlynsky.
Dozens carried signs or shouted words accusing Mayor Don Plusquellic of lying about the city's finances in June when his recall election was just weeks away.
''What happened in those 90 days?'' Patrick said to the crowd.
''He lied,'' many shouted back.
Nothing has changed for Alstrynomics in the last 90 days. When the police are protesting, you know problems could be brewing.
AND WHEN GOVERNMENT RUNS OUT OF MONEY.....GUESS WHO THEY ARE COMING AFTER????
Councilmen Michael Williams, John Conti and Bruce Kilby called on a collaboration of workers and leaders to come to a solution to help the city's finances and stop the layoffs.
They said new revenue sources need to be found, including the possibility of an income tax to help the finances.