Officers from Detroit’s 11th and 12th Precincts are now under internal investigation after simultaneous drug stings erupted into blue on blue violence. “This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig later commented in an official statement.
Detroit Free Press reports that the trouble began at the 19300 block of Andover. Officers from the 11th Precinct were executing a warrant for the suspected sale of narcotics at the home. Officers wielding assault rifles and full tactical gear conducted a raid on the residence, ordering everyone on the property to the ground.
Unbeknownst to the 11th Precinct, officers from the 12th Precinct were in the middle of conducting what is known as a “push over” – a form of reverse sting where officers pose as drug dealers in order to arrest interested buyers — at the same time. As a result, officers from the 11th Precinct attempted to arrest fellow officers from the 12th Precinct. Rather than laughing off the misunderstanding resulting from the lack of communication between departments, however, one officer grabbed another officer and punches started flying.
Nearly two dozen officers became involved in the melee. Two officers were treated for injuries at the scene, while one officer was taken to the hospital WJBK reports.
The homeowner and neighbors stood and watched as fists flew and guns were pulled. Body cam footage was able to document the entire incident and is now considered an integral part of the investigation. The officers involved in the fight have since been placed on administrative leave.
Sources later told a reporter from WXYZ that the departments do have a communication protocol in place to prevent these incidents from occurring and a failure to adhere to that protocol resulted in the situation.