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.
Neighbors who live on Andover on Detroit's east side will be the first to tell you this area is known for constant drug activity.
"Definitely a drug problem in our neighbor for years," said one resident, " but I don't think anyone can stop it."
On Thursday Detroit police certainly tried -- but maybe too hard.
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.
FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding a 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. Each officer involved is now under investigation as the department tried to determine what went wrong.
"You've gotta have to have more communication, I guess," said the resident. "I don't understand what happened about that - communicate."
I don't know where to begin on this story. You have the odious War on Drugs, which has destroyed black neighborhoods in cities like Detroit for decades. You have the property seizure angle, as the Detroit cops posing as dealers were completely ready to take people's vehicles regardless of guilt. You have the race factor as these cops were there to contribute to crime in a black neighborhood in order to "stop" it, something that would never be tolerated in a wealthy white Detroit neighborhood like Palmer Woods or Sherwood Forest. And you have the police misconduct angle, where two sets of undercover cops got into a goddamn fistfight because each thought the other were actual crooks.
This is the state of policing in America in 2017, and under Trump and Jeff Sessions it's only going to get worse.