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Opening Arguments

Bad dogs

Just a little collateral damage in the War on Drugs:

A police SWAT team raided the home of the mayor in the Prince George's County town of Berwyn Heights on Tuesday, shooting and killing his two dogs, after he brought in a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been delivered to his doorstep, police said.

Mayor Cheye Calvo was not arrested in the raid, which was carried out about 7 p.m. by the Sheriff's Office SWAT team and county police narcotics officers. Prince George's police spokesman Henry Tippett said yesterday that all the residents of the house -- Calvo, his wife and his mother-in-law -- are "persons of interest" in the case.

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Spokesmen for the Sheriff's Office and Prince George's police expressed regret yesterday that the mayor's dogs were killed. But they defended the way the raid was carried out, saying it was proper for a case involving such a large amount of drugs.

Sgt. Mario Ellis, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the deputies who entered Calvo's home "apparently felt threatened" by the dogs.

Yeah, I've known some black labs -- really vicious dogs; they're liable to lick you to death. And "persons of interest"


Harl Delos
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 11:11am

I highly recommend that people click the link and read the story.

Sometimes, I wonder if they give potential police officers an IQ test - and they only hire those with low scores.

Bob G.
Thu, 07/31/2008 - 11:54am

Thi is a solid case AGAINST law-enforcement, especially given the record of the mayor for being "into" drugs.

The police SCREWED UP...big time.
Sadly, it does happen.
And in instances such as this, the police NEED to be held 100% accountable.

Someone could have just had a grudge and set the mayor up. It's like when some kid lied about you to your mom...and mom believed the kid first, until she found out the truth, but you might have still gotten an ass-smacking beforehand
It pays to GET THE FACTS, and the police chief SHOULD have gone to the mayor straight away to discuss the matter...period.