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.