Detroit Cops Make Major Bust… Then They Realize Who They Really Apprehended

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Cracking down on illegal drug activity is tough work. That’s especially true in a city as crime-infested as Detroit, Michigan, where one drug bust went so terribly wrong, it has Internal Affairs looking closely at the DPD. Now, people are asking, “How is this even possible?”

A drug bust goes wrong in a region of Detroit. (Photo Credit: Tony Webster on Flickr/ MISHPO Detroit Survey Flickr)

Big cities are heavily plagued with drug-related crime. Gangs, drug pushers, and even cartels find ample business in these regions. The huge populations provide eager customers, especially young people who are far too easily manipulated.

Police forces, from coast to coast, struggle to take out drug dealers. The moment one group is caught, another one takes its place. Stopping the influence of drug dealers in a city takes hard work, dedication, and above all cooperation between police teams.

However, that all fell apart when a special ops team from the 12th Precinct swooped in for a major bust. They arrived at a house to apprehend drug pushers and their customers. It would have a been a big win for the city — an important step in fighting crime. The only problem? Instead of arresting drug dealers, the special ops arrested a team of undercover cops. Oops!

An internal investigation has been launched at the Detroit Police Department after two different precincts got into a turf war as they converged on an east side neighborhood…

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, and then arrest potential buyers and seize 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. [Source: Fox 2 Detroit]

Ouch, that’s embarrassing. How did two teams from the same city not know what was going on? The story only gets worse from there. Instead of calmly sorting out the issue, the cops got mad. Really mad.

FOX 2 is told 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. [Source: Fox News]

Cops fighting each other, throwing punches, and drawing their guns — in sight of civilians? Something tells me there are bigger problems within the DPD than just communication.

Obviously, the precincts didn’t properly communicate their operations to each other. That’s pretty bad. How can the entire police force work properly, when they don’t know what the other precincts are up to? This suggests that the DPD is being controlled by territorial captains and chiefs, who would rather screw up a sting than cooperate with each other.

The fact that these police officers came to blows suggests a serious lack of discipline. Police officers are supposed to be held to the highest standards of behavior, especially on the job. Yes, they are under incredible stress, but they need to show the utmost behavior when serving the public. Cops throwing punches at each other — in front of civilians who report it to the media? That’s not going to go over well.

On an almost regular basis, we hear from hate groups like Black Lives Matter about police brutality. They want to convince America that the men and women who protect us every day are corrupt. We know that the vast majority are not and need our cooperation and respect. However, when stories like this come out, it only gives BLM ammunition to spread dissent and hate.

If you ask me, the Detroit Police need a serious overhaul. They need to implement some new standards for cooperation. And, they need to make sure their cops get along, no matter what. The real problem is that while this is happening, the drug dealers are still pushing their poison.