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Mayor Calvo files lawsuit against PG County

Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo filed a lawsuit Monday that accuses the Prince George’s County police and sheriff’s office SWAT teams of entering innocent people’s houses without a proper warrant and “randomly and routinely” killing family pets.

Calvo, whose two black Labrador retrievers were killed in a SWAT team raid on his home, is asking a judge to order the county to change its policies because the county’s leaders have shown “they lack the will and credibility to do so,” Calvo said. “I’m tired of being embarrassed by Prince George’s County government. Our communities are tired of being embarrassed by this county’s failed leadership.”

Calvo’s house was raided last July after county police incorrectly identified his wife as part of a drug ring.

Sheriff Michael Jackson has defended his department’s actions, and last week said that an internal investigation had shown that his deputies had acted in a “professional and acceptable manner” by shooting the dogs because they had posed a threat.

Deputies opened fire on Calvo’s 7-year-old dog Payton immediately after entering the house, Calvo’s lawsuit said, and then they shot Calvo’s other dog, 4-year-old Chase, in back as he was running away, the Washington Examiner reported.

Spokesmen for the sheriff’s department and the police departments declined to discuss the lawsuit, which seeks uspecified damages.

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.”

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.