Skip to comments.Shoot First, Ask Later - In Prince George's, a drug bust goes awry.
Posted on 08/07/2008 6:50:55 PM PDT by neverdem
THE DRUG raid by Prince George's County law officers on the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo last week was a Keystone Kops operation from start to finish.
Acting on a tip that a 32-pound package of marijuana had been sent by Federal Express from Arizona to Mr. Calvo's home (addressed to his wife, Trinity Tomsic), Prince George's police swung into action. Which is to say they got on the phone, calling law enforcement agencies to see who might have a SWAT team available to bust the unsuspecting Calvo family. (It seems the police department's own team was tied up.) After being turned down at least once, they finally struck a deal with the Prince George's Sheriff's Office, whose track record with domestic disputes is extensive but whose experience with drug busts is slight. And it showed.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Between civilization and the no-knock drug raid, we’re ultimately going to have to choose one. There’s no such thing as having both of them.
You got that right.
Mayor, wife and two dogs
Simple solution, the raid commander should lose his LEO credentials.
it’s getting so that the police are just another gang,
albeit, a city-paid legal gang.
I hope someone follows up with this. I;ll be interested to know what happened to these “officers”. I don’t see a need for there ever being a no-knock raid for drugs.
a man kills my dog, cop or not...well, prudence dictates I keep my mouth shut on a public forum about what my reaction would be.
Because they enjoyed it. It was fun for them to kill the dogs.
There's another thread on this tonight and this was posted:
"One of the dogs they shot was actually running OUT of the room to hide."
for the Sorry Citizen, Wrong Address ping list
I’m so sick of this freakin’ crap. what the hell is wrong with these people? I used to be quite a supporter of all of our law enforcement groups but I am really starting to turn the corner.
The cop was trained with video games. He probably thought it was 10,000 xp getting away.
can’t we cover it again?
Sometimes police departments enjoy sending out SWAT teams in situations that don’t warrant them and bad things can happen.There was a case in NC recently where an 18 year old college student stole a playstation. The local law enforcement decided that 2AM was an appropriate time to arrest him and went to his door. They knocked and before the door was even open they shot through the door killing the unarmed kid. He was a criminal no doubt but the actions of the police were absolutely atrocious.
I, for one, appreciate seeing it without having to scroll back through the entire day's posts.
I guess you are blessed with having more time on your hands.
And what kind of cop thinks a lab is a threat?
Prince George’s raid prompts call for probe - Berwyn Heights mayor denounces police tactics
Pr. George’s Police Arrest 2 In Marijuana-Shipping Plot (Update)
Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs
Thanks for the link.
A search for the title didn’t work.
It also didn’t work on a thread yesterday that I had just posted.
I choose civilization.
The PG County Law Enforcement obviously has some people with decision making powers that are incompetent...or something more sinister.
This was a town mayor....the mother-in-law at first refused to sign for the package.
She screamed at the sight of black-garbed SWAT members rushing her house.
Wouldn’t anybody here do the same?
They shot the dogs....one that was running away.
All they had to do was knock on the door with the warrant in a suit and tie....but not PG County.
Maybe it’s because they’ve become deadened by their daily encounters with the ‘civilians’...and I use that term lightly.
It’s ridiculous and something needs to be done to rein this in.
Just two weeks ago, a cop-killer prisoner was found dead in solitary confinement...being watched every 15 minutes...at 10:30AM.
Berwyn Heights mayor to ask for investigation into raid (JBT dog shooting case)
Pr. George’s Officers Lacked ‘No-Knock’ Warrant in Raid
Well the police thugs killed the dogs, so those vicious black Labs won’t be able to attack any more cops. /sarcasm
All of them involved should be fired, pensions terminated, and do jail time.
Join the club.
I personally don’t trust “LEO” types one bit.
Morgana...just noticed in the photo that the dogs have muzzles.
Thanks for the links.
The FBI is already involved and I would assume that heads are going to roll but the hell of it is that we have this same stupid problem all over the land at present and not just in PG county. Putting together a quasi-rational set of laws dealing with drugs would not be any sort of an overwhelming intellectual task but we’d basically be better off simply legalizing it all than to continue doing what we’re doing. 150 Years ago in America there were no drug laws whatsoever and there were no meaningful or large drug problems. Nobody should need to be Albert Einstein to figure that one out.
Nothing political here, no gotcha moments or frog-marches dancing in MJ's head!
Move along, nothing to see here.
Some people think these kind of measures are necessary if we are to win the War on Drugs.
Would we be hearing about this if it weren’t the mayor of some little burg?
This is just another case of some podunk department’s “SWAT” team screwing up - happens all the time...
Perhaps the good mayor needs to have his local prosecutor explore possibilities of charging the keystone cops with trespassing, breaking and entering, unlawful discharge of firearm, unlawful use of firearm during commission of a crime, etc.......
They would likely get off but it would make it very uncomfortable for the knuckleheads and make them think twice before doing it again.
They killed his dogs, what a$$hohles.
Sure...I just want to get as much info out to anyone who will read it so that these jack-booted thugs don’t get away with this kind of stuff.
Sick, twisted evil bastards apparently who, if what goes around comes around is true, deserve lots of prison time and long, hot private shower time with well endowed inmates who enjoy breaking in the newbies. Bend over, boys.
I have to go and spoil my dogs with some meat and 'taters treats now and see if I can get this story out of my head so I can have a decent night's sleep.
That wasn’t the point of my mentioning the earlier thread. I just wanted to direct everyone’s attention to the original story and the comments posted there. That’s all. I don’t mind seeing threads reposted when they are hours apart, just for convenience sake.
I'm with you - there'd be retribution.
Even cops have to sleep some time.
You’re bound to be aware that the search doesn’t turn up what it should quite a lot. Or maybe you get lucky every time.
>Morgana...just noticed in the photo that the dogs have muzzles.<
DC, those are Halti headcollars, AKA Gentle Leaders. People use them to keep their bigger dogs from pulling so much. They’re specifically NOT for use on aggressive dogs.