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Mayor Cleared In Raid That Killed Dogs

Mayor And Wife No Longer Considered Suspects In Drug Smuggling Scheme


(CBS/ AP) A small-town mayor whose dogs were killed in a drug raid was cleared of any wrongdoing after police had been reluctant to rule out his involvement in drug smuggling or apologize for the violent incident.

Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin High said Friday he called Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, on Thursday to say they were no longer suspected in a drug smuggling scheme.

A SWAT team raided the mayor's home July 29 after intercepting a FedEx package shipped to Tomsic that was filled with 32 pounds of marijuana. Officers broke down the door, shot the two dogs and kept Calvo and his mother-in-law bound for nearly two hours.

Police now believe the drug delivery was part of a scheme that sent packages to the homes of unsuspecting recipients. The packages would then be picked up by someone else shortly after delivery. Two suspects have been arrested in the case.

"The Calvo family members were the apparent victims of a local drug ring," High said in a statement. "I called him to express my sorrow and regret for that and for the loss of the family's beloved dogs."

High stopped short of apologizing for how the drug raid was carried out. He said the police department was conducting a review of the narcotics investigation that led to the raid. The county sheriff has said the dogs' deaths were justified, saying officers felt threatened.

Investigators had been tracking the package that arrived on Calvo's front porch since it drew the attention of a drug-sniffing dog in Arizona.

Calvo and Tomsic requested a federal civil rights investigation of the case on Thursday, and the FBI responded by launching a review. The couple says there may be a systemic abuse of search warrant powers and use of force in the county.

"The deputies opened fire and executed our dogs the very second they broke down our front door," Calvo, 37, said at a news conference on his front lawn Thursday. "We were harmed by the very people who took an oath to protect us."

"It was a horrible, horrible incident," Calvo told Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith Friday, "but I think it's also the kind of thing that happens, and I don't think we would have realized that until it happened to us."

"What's really troubling," Calvo continued, "is they didn't have a proper warrant to do what they did. They actually didn't give us a warrant at all until 71 hours after it happened. And that's really what's disturbing -- despite all the mistakes that were made, they're holding to their guns, saying they did nothing wrong.

"This happened to us. We can't get our dogs back, and we know that. But the reason we asked for federal authorities to investigate this is because this is a systemic problem, and we want to make sure that, while it happened to us and that's a tragedy, we don't want it to happen to anyone else."

Calvo insisted the couple's two black Labradors were gentle creatures and said police apparently killed them "for sport," gunning down one of them as it was running away.

"Our dogs were our children," said the 37-year-old Calvo. "They were the reason we bought this house because it had a big yard for them to run in."

Maryland State Sen. Paul Pinsky, who represents the suburban Washington district, said the case was a good example of frequent police action in minority communities that fails to capture the same level of attention as Calvo's case.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/08/national/main4334946.shtml
 

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where is the ACLU their civil rights were violated, aren't they interested because they are white middle class and heterosexual.

that sheriff dept needs to pay. I normally support law enforcement but not when they pull crap like this. the people showed no signs of being involved in the drug trade. where was their re-con? did they not know they had dogs?
 

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This was a straight forward clusterf#ck. The Mayor probably wieghts 110lbs, Two Labs and a grandma, and the cops brought a SWAT team? Those involved need directions to the unemployment line and the city needs to be sued.

Hell they shot the 4y/o lab running away. Big threat. These cops are lowlife guttless terds.

What ever happened to knocking on the door? Waiting for an answer, informing them of the search warrent and carring out the search? What did they think, that the Mayor and the grandma were going to smokeup or flush 30 lbs of dope in a couple of minutes? Yea right.
 

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had they done any detective work at all none of this would have happened. what about the numb nuts judge that signed the warranty? unless he was lied to he should be kicked off the bench
 

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Is this evidence the USA is becoming a police state?
 

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its been that way for law abiding gun owners since the 1930's
 

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"Whatever happened to knocking on the door?"

Hell, we had to knock on doors in Iraq during cordon and search, and the cops in America just bash them down for a chance to use their high speed entry tools. Punks.
 

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Well, remember, the supreme ct rules a while back that the cops can kick in as many doors as they want....
 

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ShipWreck said:
Well, remember, the supreme ct rules a while back that the cops can kick in as many doors as they want....
they were referring to donut shop doors only
 

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coldair said:
ShipWreck said:
Well, remember, the supreme ct rules a while back that the cops can kick in as many doors as they want....
they were referring to donut shop doors only
:lol: :lol:
 

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No knocks are allowed for felony/dangerous warrant searchs I believe. A skinny mayor, grandma, and two friendly dogs DOES NOT constitute a dangerous threat, IMO. If the police "knew" what was in the package, from what I've read they DID KNOW, why did they bust down the door and kill two dogs? Did they have a grudge against this mayor? Of did they get trigger happy at the thought of making a "major" drug bust for once instead of directing traffic after church lets out :lol: :lol: :lol: .
 
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