DETROIT -- Police officers from adjoining Detroit precincts argued with each other, shoved and even threw punches Thursday night during a raid on a suspected drug house, leaving two copsinjured, aninvestigation under way and ablack eye on the department.
“This is probably one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen in this department,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a news conference Monday afternoon at police headquarters.
Two officers accused of exchanging punches as the incident unfoldedhave been placed on restrictive duty and a supervisor wasreassigned from special operations pending the outcome of the investigation, Craig said.
Poor communication led officers from the 11th and 12th Precincts to be in the same area, at the same time, without proper notification, Craig said.
Officers from the 11th Precinct planned to raid a suspected drug house in the area they are responsible for covering. As they approached it about 6 p.m., the officers confronted two people several doors away, apparently not realizing they were undercover cops from the 12th Precinct, Craig said.