Detroit, Michigan – in a bizarre example of police incompetence, two undercover units of the Detroit Police are under investigation after both groups started fighting each other during a drug raid.
The incident occurred as a result of a ‘push off’ operation. This specific type of drug raid involves police posing as drug dealers in order to lure potential buyers into a deal before arresting them and seizing their vehicle. As you might expect, two undercover police officers pretending to be drug dealers could be a recipe for disaster. You might choose to anticipate this with good inter-departmental communication and transparency.
No one at Detroit did that.
A disaster ensued.
Two special officers from the 12th Precinct attempted to lure a potential buyer, who was also an undercover police officer from the 11th Precinct looking to arrest potential dealers, to a building ready for a bust. But 11th Precinct officers actually raided the building and the two undercover police responded by fighting back. This included the use of physical force and, unbelievably, the act of threatening fellow officers (some of whom were in uniform) with their firearms.
One officer was sent to hospital for undisclosed injuries and the police are now undergoing a major investigation in order to understand exactly what went wrong. After all, two dozen officers beat the crap out of each other and threatened each other with guns, so that certainly deserves a proper investigation. But we at DigZoo are inclined to jump the gun and say, “maybe departments should communicate to each other about undercover police operations” because it seems to us that this sort of thing is inevitable if you don’t properly track who is doing what.
But what do you think? Do you think the police got their just desserts for being so daft? Or do you think this was an unfortunate mistake that nearly cost people their lives? And how do you feel about undercover operations like this in the first place? Do you think police should be investing money and time into catching buyers when drug dealers are almost always the bigger threat? Let us know in the comments below!