Detroit police officers brawl during undercover drug bust gone wrong


Fox News reports that two special ops officers in the 12th Precinct tried to work undercover as drug dealers in the Detroit neighborhood of Andover to arrest potential buyers when two special ops officers from the 11th Precinct ordered the undercover cops to the ground.

Police Chief James Craig calls it "disappointing" and says it shouldn't have happened, writes Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press.

"You've gotta have to have more communication, I guess", said the resident.

It all happened in the 19300 block of Andover around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Two officers involved in the alternation have been placed on restrictive duty and a supervisor from the 12th Precinct has been reassigned as an internal investigation continues. Authorities have not ruled out criminal charges.

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An internal investigation is underway in Detroit after undercover cops from two different precincts exchanged blows and even pulled their guns on each other during a drug raid gone wrong, according to a report.

When they showed up and started speaking, the 11th Precinct officers ordered the other cops to the ground - not realizing they were fellow men in blue. The 11th Precinct team continued to execute the search warrant. "We believe the 11th Precinct officers didn't recognize (they) were actually plain-clothes Detroit Police officers from the 12th Precinct".

"At one point during this situation, one officer grabbed another", Craig said, adding one was put in a headlock and a punch flew. Additionally, WJBK believes at least one of the officers was wearing a body cam during the incident, but that footage has not been released. Then an officer punched back. "In fact, I'd have to tell you it's probably one of the most disappointing things I've experienced in my entire four-year career", Craig said in a November 13 briefing. As they approached the house, the officers confronted two individuals about 6 or 7 doors away, he said. He also said a supervisor from the 12th Precinct has been removed from the department's special operations unit while the matter is investigated.

"Definitely a drug problem in our neighbor for years", said one resident, " but I don't think anyone can stop it". "And had a tendency to get the officers from the 12th Precinct excited to the point we have this very embarrassing situation".