Detroit police Chief James Craig said it was one of the most embarrassing moments of his career when two groups of undercover officers got into an altercation while converging on the same drug house.
The two special operations units from two precincts clashed Thursday when they both searched a suspected drug house in the 19000 block of Andover Street, near 7 Mile Road, on the border of the 11th and 12th precincts.
Local 4 has obtained body camera footage of the melee, which you can watch in the video posted above. The video shows a few minutes of utter and total chaos.
There was a lot of pushing, shoving and arguing as the officers from both precincts tried to figure out who was who. In the video, someone says, “We have a search warrant,” which led to the problem.
The crew from the 12th Precinct didn’t have one and didn’t tell anyone they would be at the house.
Just when things started to calm down, an all-out brawl broke out as officers started swinging. In the video, the officer’s body camera gets knocked to the floor.
In the end, it wasn’t just a black eye for some of the officers in the melee, it was a black eye for the Detroit Police Department.