More than two dozen heavily armed officers from the 11th precinct raided a home, unaware they were facing undercover cops from the 12th precinct posing as drug dealers.
Detroit Police has conducted 1,038 drug raids, 32 undercover drug investigations and 379 narcotic street investigations so far this year and all were done without incident, the chief said.
"This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I've seen in this department since I was appointed chief", Craig said.
It all happened in the 19300 block of Andover around 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Detroit Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an undercover operation involving two precincts went wrong. Authorities have not ruled out criminal charges.
- Detroit police addressed an incident last week that caused two different precincts to break out in a fight in an undercover drug raid gone awry.
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Craig says they didn't realize the two people were 12th Precinct officers in plain clothes.
Officers from the 12th Precinct approached the 11th Precinct officers as the search warrant was being executed, Craig said.
At some point, the 12th Precinct officers entered the home and there was a dispute, including arguing, pushing and shoving. One officer had to be hospitalized. Then an officer punched back. Both were separately treated and released. As they approached the house, the officers confronted two individuals about 6 or 7 doors away, he said.
"We hold our supervisors and our managers accountable", he said. "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.
One of undercover units, meanwhile, had their body cameras rolling during the incident and that footage is now part of the ongoing internal investigation, WJBK reports. One resident blamed the fight on lack of communication.
"It appears that this supervisor did not have control of the situation and had a tendency to get the officers from the 12th Precinct excited to the point we have this very embarrassing situation", Craig said.