Thursday, August 07, 2008

SWAT team kills mayor's dogs

In yet another absurd drug raid, a Prince George's County special operations team busted down the doors of the home of Cheye Calvo, mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, and shot his two dogs dead. This case was part of a scheme where drugs were being sent to homes of innocent people and then intercepted. Maryland does not allow no-knock warrants, but the authorities who entered Calvo's home did not knock and refused to show a warrant when asked for one. The police expressed regret, but no apologies, for killing the mayor's dogs.

The militarization of U.S. police, their completely inappropriate tactics in drug raids, and their repeated killing of dogs all need to stop.

Radley Balko at The Agitator has documented countless cases of such abusive actions, yet police are almost never held accountable for their actions. Perhaps in this case, since it involves a city mayor, someone will be held accountable. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

UPDATE (August 10, 2008): The police in this case claimed that they don't have a standard practice of shooting dogs, but Balko shows that this case is far from unique in that respect.

Calvo has spoken publicly about this raid and the fact that it is far from unique, except that in this case it was against the home of a mayor.

1 comment:

John said...

Right on! Live it and learn it! For the people reading this! Freedom is a PRIVILEGE that you must continually fight for to keep. If you really want to begin to stop the erosion of our rights SPEAK OUT. Write the;

Police Chief of Prince Georges County
Sheriff of Prince Georges County
County Board of Supervisors
Governor Ehrlich
Maryland Senate President Miller
House Speaker Busch
US Maryland Senator Mikulski and Cardin
Your local, state and federal government.

It is important that we hold those that we place our safety in accountable for their role in providing that safety.

I believe that in time, this event will turn into one of the most despicable and notorious stories of our present memory. Certainly the largest tragedy is the killing of two innocent bystanders. We put Michael Vick in jail for murdering canines. I think that should weigh in on everyone's mind that one of our most fabled animal friends of Man's world is now on the chopping blocks. How far behind is a human?