Operation Gone Wrong: Detroit Police Officers Brawl During Undercover Drug Bust


The result: Two officers are on restrictive duty and a supervisor is reassigned from special operations, pending the outcome of the investigation. "This should not have happened".

At some point, the 12th Precinct officers entered the home and there was a dispute, including arguing, pushing and shoving.

Detroit Police officers from two adjoining precincts traded punches after a misunderstanding led to two undercover cops being ordered to the ground at shotgun-point last week. "We believe the 11th Precinct officers didn't recognize (they) were actually plain-clothes Detroit Police officers from the 12th Precinct". But instead of fighting crime, officers from both precincts began fighting with each other.

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.

According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, the raid became "heated" and "emotional" adding that even "bruising" was evident.

But he says often times, when officers are approaching a location, a suspect will call out "police" to alert people inside that police are approaching so they can dispose of evidence. Raids usually involve officers wearing full tactical gear with assault rifles.

The "push off" involves officers pretending to sell drugs to customers, before arresting potential buyers and seizing their vehicles.

Detroit Police Department's chief has been notified, and Internal Affairs is opening an investigation into the officers involved.

Now each individual officer is under investigation as the department tries to figure out just what went wrong.

A neighbor who also resides in Andover blamed the department's mishandling of the operation on a lack of communication.

Moreno declined further comment on the "altercation" and said she could not confirm that punches were drawn or that undercover officers drew their service weapons during the incident. "I don't understand that happened about that - communicate".

The resident also told the network that there is "definitely" a drug problem in the area "but I don't think anyone can stop it".