In what is being referred to as “probably the most embarrassing things seen in the department” an undercover unit disguised as drug dealers in Detroit were mistaken by another group of officers to be actual drug dealers during a raid.
Detroit chief of police James Craig made the comment about an incident that took place in which body cam footage has been recently released. Detroit’s 12th precinct on the east side sent in two undercover officers as drug dealers for some “buy and busts.” The buyers approached what they thought was a drug den, but was actually controlled by undercover police from Detroit’s 11th district.
What followed was a potentially deadly comedy of errors.
A body camera captured the entire mess as the officers began throwing fists at each other. Guns were drawn and police ordered each other to the ground. The violent confrontation witnessed by neighbors involved over two dozen officers.
“They appeared to be like Keystone cops,” Craig said, making a reference to the wacky police force depicted in silent comedy films.
Craig has said the incident will now be under investigation.
A miscommunication among undercover officers is a very real danger and famously took the lives of two cops in the 80s.
“Definitely a drug problem in our neighborhood for years,” remarked a resident to Fox News. Detroit has a higher than average crime rate with 14 children per day experiencing crime in the city.
By nature undercover police work involves keeping your actions a secret. Some of Detroit’s finest were a touch too good at that part of their jobs.
“You’ve gotta have to have more communication, I guess,” commented the resident. “I don’t understand what happened about that – communicate.”
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