The Detroit Police Department has started an internal investigation after 2 different precincts had their own version of a turf war in an east side neighborhood.
Andover, near Seven Mile, has long been a hotbed for drug activity, reported Fox 2.
“(It is) definitely drug problem for years, it has been a drug problem,” said one resident. “I don’t think anyone can stop it.”
On Thursday Detroit police tried to put a dent in the problem, but they failed to communicate their undercover activities and mostly just ended up fighting each other.
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 seizing their vehicles.
But this time instead of customers – special ops officers from the 11th Precinct showed up. Not realizing they were fellow officers, they ordered the other undercover officers to the ground.
According to Fox 2, 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.
Sources say guns were drawn and punches were thrown while the homeowner stood and watched. The department’s top cops were notified along with Internal Affairs. One officer was taken to the hospital.
“You’ve gotta have to have more communication, I guess,” said the resident. “I don’t understand what happened about that – communicate.”
Each officer involved is now under investigation – as the department tried to determine what went wrong.
One of the units reportedly had body camera video that detailed the entire incident, but it has not been released.
(Article By James Carter)