Cops Fight Cops, Not Crime In Confusing Undercover Drug Sting Gone Wrong
After a long day at work, the cops had accomplished nothing.
On Seven Mile Road, Detroit, not far from Eminem’s famously popularized home turf Eight Mile, there is a serious drug problem that has existed for years.
In an effort to curb the problem that has been plaguing the community, officers from Detroit PD’s 12th precinct arranged a special operation, in which two undercover officers posed as dealers in a neighborhood house, laying a trap to catch buyers and seize their vehicles.
Due to the confidential nature of their plan, special operations officers of the 11th precinct were unfortunately unaware of the 12th precinct’s sting as they organized their own undercover unit in which officers posed as buyers.
...you can see how this is not going to go well for either team.
So on Thursday November 9th, when each undercover unit was out in the field, they inevitably crossed paths. The cops posing as buyers found themselves in the house of the cops posing as dealers, each side ready to arrest the other. But when the 12th precinct called for backup and attempted to arrest the others, things didn’t go over so well. Turns out, police don’t really like to be arrested.
“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy”
...is probably a good description of how each of the officers involved felt just before launching into a full-on brawl, because rather than laughing about the whole mix up, which, let’s face it, is pretty funny, officers from both precincts got jiggy with it. And in this context, jiggy is not a good thing.
Fists were flying, guns were drawn, and the homeowner just stood there and watched. It was a real shitshow in which no crime was fought, but many crime fighters fought among themselves. One officer even ended up in the hospital!
“You've gotta have to have more communication, I guess," said one neighborhood local.
Detroit PD has opened an internal investigation to find out more about exactly what went down. The case will rely on testaments from the officers involved as well as footage from bodycams that recorded the altercation.
While these cops may not have had a sense of humor about the mix up, you can be sure that the real drug dealers and buyers in the neighborhood are out there having a good laugh about the whole thing.