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Calvo raid, dog-killings justified, sheriff says

calvoMembers of a sheriff’s SWAT team who broke down the door of Mayor Cheye Calvo’s home — and shot and killed his two Labrador retrievers during a search for drugs – did nothing wrong.

That’s the astounding conclusion of an internal review by the Prince George’s County sheriff’s office.

“My deputies did their job to the fullest extent of their abilities,” Sheriff Michael Jackson said at a news conference.

County officials have since acknowledged that Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, were victims of a smuggling scheme that used a FedEx driver to ship boxes of drugs to unsuspecting homes. The drugs would later be picked up from doorsteps by members of the smuggling ring.

Law enforcement officials say the Calvo family knew nothing about the box, or its contents. County police, who were leading the drug investigation, have said they were unaware the house belonged to the mayor of Berwyn Heights.

“It’s outrageous,” Calvo told the Washington Post. “Not only is he not admitting any wrongdoing, but he’s saying this went down the way it was supposed to and he’s actually commending his police officers for what they did.”

One dog was shot four times by the front door. The second, Calvo says, was running away from officers when it was shot twice. Jackson said deputies thought the dog was running toward another deputy in the home. 

Calvo has scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce “further actions.”

“I’m sorry for the loss of their family pets,” Jackson said. “But this is the unfortunate result of the scourge of drugs in our community. Lost in this whole incident was the criminal element. . . . In the sense that we kept these drugs from reaching our streets, this operation was a success.”

Comments

Comment from Harry
Time June 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

Yet one more example of police thuggery.

Note that the police are NEVER punished for their totalitarian assaults on people and dogs.

Everyone should contact their congressman and Senators to demand the end to SWAT team raids and to end the blue wall of silence.

Police who engage in criminal assaults should be convicted and jailed.

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time June 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The conclusions of the investigation may be astounding, but somehow they’re not astounding me. I’d have been more surprised if the conclusions had been just, fair, and even-handed. This is a classic example of bureaucratic butt-covering, police style.

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