DETROIT (WWJ) – An inner investigation is underway after an undercover combine-up led to a struggle between Detroit cops at a criminal offense scene.
“Embarrassing” is how Detroit Police Chief James Craig described the state of affairs, briefing WWJ’s Jon Hewett and different reporters at a information convention Monday.
“A member of our group who witnessed this conduct that we’re calling a scarcity of maturity, a scarcity of management, stated they seemed to be like Keystone Cops,” stated the chief. “And I couldn’t agree extra.”
Craig defined the battle between two officers stemmed from the execution of a search warrant on a suspected drug home final Thursday on the town’s east aspect.
Officers from the DPD’s eleventh Precinct obtained the warrant and have been serving it on Andover Road, close to 7 Mile Street, once they got here throughout undercover officers from the twelfth Precinct who have been working the identical neighborhood.
Weapons have been drawn, the chief stated, and punches have been thrown between at the very least two officers.
“If might very simply have been a state of affairs the place one among our officers have been shot,” Craig stated. “Anytime one among our officers comes to a decision to what we name require a goal, and there’s motion, that officer has to make use of their cut up second to decide whether or not or to not use lethal drive.”
“That would’ve occurred,” Craig stated. “It didn’t, and for that we’re very grateful.”
Nobody was significantly injured.
Two officers concerned within the alternation have been positioned on restrictive obligation and a supervisor from the twelfth Precinct has been reassigned as an inner investigation continues.
When it concludes, the chief stated, the outcomes shall be despatched to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Workplace for a assessment of attainable fees. No names have been launched.