Video: Feds with military fatigues, assault rifles swarm Detroit home

About two dozen federal agents, armed with assault rifles and wearing military fatigues, raided a home on Detroit’s west side Tuesday afternoon, scaring neighbors and leaving many unanswered questions.

The Homeland Security Investigations agents used a battering ram and concussion grenades as they swarmed the home at Fullerton near Wildemere. The feds also used armored vehicles.

Homeland Security declined to comment on the operation, which horrified onlookers.

Idris Nia, who captured the video, said he initially thought the procession of vehicles was from Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, who was visiting Focus: Hope.

“But when they turned east on Cortland Street into the neighborhood, I was curious and drove down the next street, which was Fullerton,” Nia told Motor City Muckraker. “I was shocked when they circled around and met me head on on Fullerton. I was trapped but managed to shoot a few seconds of video before I drove in reverse all the way down the street.”

Detroit police and Michigan State Police assisted.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.