DETROIT – In a case of the good guys inadvertently going after good guys, cops brawl when their undercover operations intersect.
There is now a Detroit Police Department internal affairs investigation into two different precincts getting into their own turf war as they converge on an east side neighborhood, reported Fox News.
According to the report, residents who live on Andover on Detroit’s east side will be the first to tell you this area is known for constant drug activity.
“(It is) definitely drug problem for years, it has been a drug problem,” said one person. “I don’t think anyone can stop it.”
On Thursday Detroit police certainly tried, but perhaps too hard.
Sources say it started when two special ops officers from the 12th Precinct were operating a “push off” on Andover near Seven Mile. That is when two undercover officers pretend to be dope dealers, waiting for eager customers to approach, arresting potential buyers and impounding their vehicles.
But this time instead of customers – special ops officers from the 11th Precinct showed up resulting in a conflict. Not realizing they were fellow officers, they ordered the other undercover officers to the ground.
FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding the drug house in the 19300 block of Andover. But instead of fighting crime, officers from both precincts began fighting with each other.
According to sources, guns were drawn and punches were thrown while the homeowner stood-by and watched.
As a result, the department’s top cops were notified along with Internal Affairs. Furthermore, one officer was taken to the hospital.
Consequently, each officer involved is now under investigation, as the department tried to determine what went wrong.
This is an occurrence that occasionally occurs, which is why law enforcement agencies need to report activity to a “war room” or an operation center that can de-conflict cop vs. cop scenarios. In the world of undercover operations, they should be mandatory.
When standard protocols exist requiring detectives to report undercover operations outside their jurisdiction or assigned area, and operators find themselves looking down the barrel of a fellow officer’s firearm, it is usually because someone didn’t check with the op center, or “war room.” Or worse yet, another jurisdiction encroached without notifying local authority of their activity.
While we do not know the exact reason in this case, it is highly likely that someone violated protocol. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
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