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Shoot First, Ask Later - In Prince George's, a drug bust goes awry.
Washington Post ^ | August 7, 2008 | Masthead Editorial

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.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: banglist; berwynheights; cheyecalvo; donutwatch; mayor; pgcounty; waronsomedrugs; wod; wosd
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Report: Warrant Discrepancy In Raid At Mayor's Home
1 posted on 08/07/2008 6:52:05 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

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.


2 posted on 08/07/2008 6:55:30 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: wendy1946

You got that right.


3 posted on 08/07/2008 6:57:20 PM PDT by wastedyears (Show me your precious darlings, and I will crush them all)
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To: neverdem

Mayor, wife and two dogs

4 posted on 08/07/2008 6:57:58 PM PDT by blam
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To: neverdem

Simple solution, the raid commander should lose his LEO credentials.


5 posted on 08/07/2008 6:58:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: bamahead

bookmark


6 posted on 08/07/2008 6:59:16 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: neverdem

it’s getting so that the police are just another gang,

albeit, a city-paid legal gang.


7 posted on 08/07/2008 6:59:52 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

sad story


8 posted on 08/07/2008 7:00:14 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: neverdem

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.


9 posted on 08/07/2008 7:01:00 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle (Where's Michele??)
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To: neverdem
Already covered this morning here.
11 posted on 08/07/2008 7:02:42 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: wendy1946

Well put!


13 posted on 08/07/2008 7:02:45 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: NonValueAdded
Simple solution, the raid commander should lose his LEO credentials. That's a start, but not enough. The commander and everybody else involved ought to be in jail.
14 posted on 08/07/2008 7:03:10 PM PDT by phrogphlyer
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To: neverdem

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.


16 posted on 08/07/2008 7:04:17 PM PDT by kms61
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To: Morgana

Because they enjoyed it. It was fun for them to kill the dogs.


17 posted on 08/07/2008 7:04:52 PM PDT by TBall
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To: Morgana
"Some one tell me why they have to kill the freaking 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."

18 posted on 08/07/2008 7:05:24 PM PDT by GBA
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To: The KG9 Kid

for the Sorry Citizen, Wrong Address ping list


20 posted on 08/07/2008 7:08:03 PM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Morgana

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.


21 posted on 08/07/2008 7:09:00 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: GBA
"One of the dogs they shot was actually running OUT of the room to hide."

The cop was trained with video games. He probably thought it was 10,000 xp getting away.

22 posted on 08/07/2008 7:10:28 PM PDT by webheart (I am Webheart, and I approved this post.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

can’t we cover it again?


23 posted on 08/07/2008 7:10:41 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: neverdem

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.


24 posted on 08/07/2008 7:13:23 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Already covered this morning here.

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.

25 posted on 08/07/2008 7:13:31 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: blam

And what kind of cop thinks a lab is a threat?


26 posted on 08/07/2008 7:13:57 PM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: neverdem

Prince George’s raid prompts call for probe - Berwyn Heights mayor denounces police tactics
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2058363/posts

Pr. George’s Police Arrest 2 In Marijuana-Shipping Plot (Update)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2057998/posts

Mayor wants federal probe after SWAT raids house, kills dogs
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2058350/posts


27 posted on 08/07/2008 7:14:29 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Admin Moderator

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.


28 posted on 08/07/2008 7:15:18 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: wendy1946

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.


29 posted on 08/07/2008 7:15:20 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: PAR35; neverdem

Plus these:

Berwyn Heights mayor to ask for investigation into raid (JBT dog shooting case)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2058132/posts

Pr. George’s Officers Lacked ‘No-Knock’ Warrant in Raid
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2057228/posts


31 posted on 08/07/2008 7:17:48 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: blam

Well the police thugs killed the dogs, so those vicious black Labs won’t be able to attack any more cops. /sarcasm


32 posted on 08/07/2008 7:20:22 PM PDT by packrat35 (If mccain is the answer-it must have been a REALLY stupid question)
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To: NonValueAdded

All of them involved should be fired, pensions terminated, and do jail time.


33 posted on 08/07/2008 7:21:07 PM PDT by packrat35 (If mccain is the answer-it must have been a REALLY stupid question)
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To: bobby.223

Join the club.
I personally don’t trust “LEO” types one bit.


34 posted on 08/07/2008 7:23:38 PM PDT by frankiep (Every socialist is a disguised dictator - Ludwig von Mises)
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To: Morgana

Morgana...just noticed in the photo that the dogs have muzzles.

Just saying.....


36 posted on 08/07/2008 7:24:12 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: PAR35

Thanks for the links.


37 posted on 08/07/2008 7:25:02 PM PDT by neverdem (I'm praying for a Divine Intervention.)
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To: packrat35

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.


38 posted on 08/07/2008 7:26:15 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: neverdem
Hmm...Democrat Sherrif Michael Jackson allows raid on GOP Mayor of Berwyn Heights.

Nothing political here, no gotcha moments or frog-marches dancing in MJ's head!

Move along, nothing to see here.

39 posted on 08/07/2008 7:26:39 PM PDT by frogjerk (Barry Hussein is Neville Chamberlain)
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To: wendy1946

Some people think these kind of measures are necessary if we are to win the War on Drugs.


40 posted on 08/07/2008 7:26:59 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: neverdem

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41 posted on 08/07/2008 7:32:46 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: neverdem

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...


42 posted on 08/07/2008 7:33:49 PM PDT by Redbob ("WWJBD" ="What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: PAR35

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.


43 posted on 08/07/2008 7:33:56 PM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: bobby.223

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.


44 posted on 08/07/2008 7:34:08 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Morgana
"To protect and serve? or to be sick, twisted bastards?"

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.

45 posted on 08/07/2008 7:35:06 PM PDT by GBA
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To: NonValueAdded

GESTAPO


46 posted on 08/07/2008 7:35:12 PM PDT by Radl
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To: capt. norm

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.


47 posted on 08/07/2008 7:36:20 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: kms61
"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."

I'm with you - there'd be retribution.
Even cops have to sleep some time.

48 posted on 08/07/2008 7:36:21 PM PDT by Redbob ("WWJBD" ="What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

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.


49 posted on 08/07/2008 7:36:58 PM PDT by gracesdad
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To: DCPatriot

>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.

http://pets1st.com/articles/00079UsingAHalti.asp


50 posted on 08/07/2008 7:37:47 PM PDT by Darnright (A penny saved is a government oversight)
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