An internal investigation between two Detroit Police precincts is underway after a blown undercover operation turned into an open fist fight.
According to Fox News, two special operations officers from Detroit’s 12th Precinct were engaged in an active “push off” on Andover near Seven Mile. A “push off” operation involves a pair of undercover officers posing as drug dealers who arrest potential buyers and seize their vehicles.
During the operation, a pair of 11th Precinct special officers arrived to arrest a pair of drug dealers. Unaware their suspects were undercover officers, the 11th Precinct spec ops team ordered the men to the ground. According to local Fox affiliate Fox 2 News, the entire 12th precinct special ops team arrived at the drug house in the 19300 block of Andover.
Officers from both precincts began fighting each other as weapons were drawn and punches were thrown. The homeowner simply stood back and watched. “You’ve gotta have to have more communication, I guess,” said the resident to Fox 2. “I don’t understand what happened about that – communicate.”
Only minor injuries were reported, but one officer was taken to the hospital. All officers involved are subjects of the investigation. According to Fox 2, one officer had a body camera that recorded the entire incident. The footage is now part of the IA investigation, but has not yet been released to the public. Both precincts are expected to make a statement sometime next week.