Detroit Police Officers Brawl After Undercover Drugs Raid Goes Wrong

 A Detroit narcotics officer. The city’s police chief, James Craig, has described the botched raid as one the most disappointing incidents in his 40-year career. Photograph: Alamy
A Detroit narcotics officer. The city’s police chief, James Craig, has described the botched raid as one the most disappointing incidents in his 40-year career. Photograph: Alamy

Two officers injured as police hold colleagues at gunpoint, unaware they are posing as drug dealers


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Police in Detroit are investigating a fight that started when officers raided a suspected drug den, only to discover the “dealers” were undercover police from another precinct. Two officers sustained minor injuries, including a black eye.

Detroit police brawl after ‘embarrassing’ raid of drug house filled with undercover officers. (Source: Global News California).

“This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department since I’ve been appointed police chief,” James Craig told reporters. “In fact, I’d have to tell you it is probably one of the most disappointing things I’ve experienced in my entire 40-year career.”

During the botched operation, 12th precinct officers, who were posing as drug dealers, were held at gunpoint by police from the 11th precinct. “I am thankful that no one was more seriously injured,” Craig said.

A video of the incident, which took place on 9 November, has been been released as part of the investigation. The bodycam footage shows one officer shouting: “Don’t put your hand on your gun” while another says his team has a search warrant.

As the brawl develops, the bodycam is knocked off the officer filming. It is believed a lack of communication over the existence of the warrant led to the problem.

Two officers have been placed on restrictive duties and a supervisor from the special operations team has been reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation.

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