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Detroit Cops Posing As Drug Dealers Brawl With Colleagues Posing As Customers

Maybe this is how the war on drugs should be fought from now on.

WikipediaWikipediaLast week in Detroit, undercover cops posing as drug dealers got into a public brawl with undercover cops posing as drug buyers. WJBK, the local Fox station, calls the fight, which involved drawn guns, flying fists, and at least two dozen officers, "a case of the good guys going after the good guys." The description is debatable.

The fake drug dealers, who were from the city's 12th Precinct, planned to arrest anyone who approached them and seize their vehicles—actions that would rightly be recognized as assault, kidnapping, and theft but for the warped moral logic of the war on drugs. The fake drug buyers, who were from the 11th Precinct, planned to arrest people for agreeing to the consensual exchange of merchandise for money. They ordered the other cops to the ground, at which point the two officers from the 12th Precinct must have realized they had mistaken colleagues for criminals and that their colleagues had made the same mistake. Yet they all got into a fight anyway.

After the initial confrontation, WJBK reports, "the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up" and started to raid the "drug house." The homeowner "stood and watched" as "guns were drawn and punches were thrown." At least one officer was taken to the hospital.

The Daily Mail reports that the incident was recorded by body cameras. WJBK says "each officer involved is now under investigation" as "the department tries to determine what went wrong."

What went wrong, aside from the obvious lack of coordination and professionalism, is that the government decided to violently insert itself into peaceful transactions between consenting adults, which led police officers to pose as such so they could lock people in cages for actions that violate no one's rights. In this case, each side to the transaction wanted to lock up the other side, and each side understandably resented the other's intention. But at least the collateral damage was kept to a minimum. Maybe this is how the war on drugs should be waged from now on.

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    ast week in Detroit, undercover cops posing as drug dealers got into a public brawl with undercover cops posing as drug buyers.

    How was it no one was shot and killed? This doesn't seem right.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    A couple dozen of dogs and people around were shot, just no one who was being aimed at.

  • SQRLSY One||

    I'd be wishing that they had all killed each other, for the public good, but then I stopped to think about all that taxpayer expense! More expensive life insurance for cops, taxpayers paying for collateral damage, and so on. Whatever happens in the drug wars, the taxpayers ALWAYS take it up the ass!

  • jogibew||

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  • marshaul||

    7k a month at taxpayer expense? Fuckin' cops!

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    They ordered the other cops to the ground, at which point the two officers from the 12th Precinct must have realized they had mistaken colleagues for criminals and that their colleagues had made the same mistake. Yet they all got into a fight anyway.

    Ah, should have read further. They realized their victims had the same union. Immovable object, meet iresistable force.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    The fake drug buyers, who were from the 11th Precinct, planned to arrest people for agreeing to the consensual exchange of merchandise for money.

    Oh you...

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Well, if thugs are gonna beat other people the least they can do is keep it in the family.

  • Earth Skeptic||

    Were the drugs fake, too?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    What cop plants fake drugs?

  • Arcxjo||

    Ones who have real drugs.

  • Sevo||

    Alt text or fail!

  • Stormy Dragon||

    The fake drug dealers, who were from the city's 12th Precinct, planned to arrest anyone who approached them and seize their vehicles

    ...

    After the initial confrontation, WJBK reports, "the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up" and started to raid the "drug house."

    In what sense was this house a "drug house"? The only drug dealing mentioned was by the 12th Precinct cops, so what is their probable cause for the raid given they knew in advance the drug dealing was fake?

  • Ron||

    have all the bad guys been rounded up and only crooked cops left to go after so which was the good side here if any

  • My Dog Bites Better Than Yours||

    Clearly 11th precinct guys were moving on drug house in the 12th. So, they got their asses kicked for moving in on some else's territory.

    I forgot. What exactly is the difference between cops and street gangs?

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    Don't wanna brawl like a thug, don't be a cop like a thug.

  • GeneralWeygand||

    The former you're happy to see when you're in a sketchy neighborhood or a BART station, the latter is happy to see you in a sketchy neighborhood or BART station.

  • marshaul||

    The former you're happy to see when you're in a sketchy neighborhood or a BART station,

    WTF? Speak for yourself, bro. A sketchy neighborhood is about the last place I want to add the danger of nervous-nelly cops with itchy trigger fingers.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Beautiful.

    I'm still waiting for the FBI to arrest a DHS operative in dueling anti-terrorism sting operations.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They ended up seizing each others' cars so it ended up being a wash.

  • Curt||

    So, how does entrapment figure in? Is it possible that both sides of this exchange were innocent because they were cops? I trust that if either side was replaced by normal human beings that it would have all been business as usual and the cops would have been heroes who were definitively on the right side of the law.

  • ChaThMal||

    Since one of their goals was to confiscate vehicles, I'm guessing Detroit exercises Civil Forfeiture. They probably already had the money spent, so were really upset when they didn't get to seize any vehicles.

  • DajjaI||

    They will start to go after the good guys. Then they will start going after each other. Key is - don't panic, don't overreact. Just remember to vote for the guy who promises to downscale law enforcement.

  • gaoxiaen||

    Just remember the ending of King Rat.

  • Arcxjo||

    Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Herbert Hoover's Administration provided a lot of funding for purchases of wine, light beer, and other dangerously addictive and fatal "narcotics." But as soon as the financial collapse foreshadowed by the 1929 market crash became generalized in 1932-33 (and God's Own Prohibitionists lost the elections) Congress banned the hiring of stoolies and undercover agents, wiretaps and use of bought evidence after hearings January 29, 1933. The Dems had copied their 1932 repeal plank from the Liberal Party, which was opposed to communism and the welfare State. If 2016 Dems had copied the LP "legalize it" plank instead of pushing carbon taxes and bans on energy, the confrontation in Detroit need never have occurred.

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    WJBK says "each officer involved is now under investigation" as "the department tries to determine what went wrong."

    Clearly they all need more training and a paid vacation.

  • IceTrey||

    OMG please someone make them release the video!

  • Bra Ket||

    "The fake drug buyers, who were from the 11th Precinct, planned to arrest people for agreeing to the consensual exchange of merchandise for money."


    In this case it was a victimless "crime", but it might just as well be sting operations to bust people selling stolen merchandise or something. Would be a lot better use of their time certainly.

  • Jakester||

    Detroit is a fake city, just a giant run down welfare housing project.

  • josh||

    The mental gymnastics police would've gone thru if an officer had been shot would've made for a hell of a case study in psychology.

  • macsnafu||

    See? This is what happens with illegal drugs. Turf wars. Which precinct had the baddest cops?

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