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Killing mayor’s dogs termed “justified”

Deputies were justified in shooting and killing the two dogs of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo when they conducted a drug raid of his home in July, the Prince George’s County (Md.) Sheriff’s Office has concluded.

In other words, even though the raid turned out not to be justified, killing two dogs during it was — at least in the thinking of the sheriff’s office, whose logic strikes me as dubious as the raid itself.

Sheriff Michael Jackson said that one dog was “engaging” an officer and that the other was running toward a second officer, according to a Washington Post report.

But the ruling did not satisfy the owner of the two black labs, who said the inquiry was incomplete and misleading.

A necropsy on the dogs concluded one dog was shot four times and the other twice, including once in the dog’s back legs.

Calvo said the findings bolster his belief that neither dog was threatening law enforcement officers during the raid and that one dog was shot from behind as he fled into a back room.

A sheriff’s department SWAT team and county police narcotics officers burst into the mayor’s home July 29 after police intercepted a 32-pound package of marijuana addressed to Trinity Tomsic, Calvo’s wife.

Police cleared Calvo and Tomsic of wrongdoing, saying they were victims of a drug smuggling scheme in which drug-filled packages addressed to unsuspecting recipients were intercepted by a deliveryman.


Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Wasn’t this a foregone conclusion? Was anyone really expecting any other result? I’ll be interested in the results of the Federal investigation.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time September 6, 2008 at 12:33 am

I just saw a TV news broadcast about this where the sheriff says, “Unfortunately we had to ENGAGE the animals…”

He’s trying to say, “WE HAD TO SLAUGHTER THE DOGS IN THE MOST BRUTAL WAY POSSIBLE” without its sounding too bad. I’m sure the rest of his report is just as loaded down with fluff and fuzz.

The possibility of poor police work has now also been raised. A moment or two spent checking the address would have revealed that nobody there had ever ENGAGED the police before, and that furthermore, one of the home’s residents was actually the town’s mayor.

I hope when the FBI finishes with this, the mayor and his family ENGAGE a few of these sorry excuses for police officers in a lawsuit. I’d like to see all of them ENGAGING in occupations that don’t involve public safety.

(Can’t half tell that I’m mad over this…)