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"It was inconceivable to me that my government would be coming through my door." - the Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, or a recent police raid on his residence
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by Jake, the Champion of the Constitution

Friday, August 1, 2008

Yesterday Channel 9 News reported a SWAT team planted a mail package containing 32 pounds of marijuana at the doorstep of Mayor Cheye Calvo. Right after the Mayor of Berwyn Heights, MD, returned home and brought the package inside, the police rammed open the door, and shot dead Calvo’s two black Labrador retrievers, Payton, aged 7, and Chase, aged 4.

Chase was shot from behind while running away from the officers in a vain escape attempt to another room.

Mayor Calvo was upstairs changing from his working clothes when he was alerted by the screams of his mother-in-law. He rushed downstairs clad only in underwear and socks to encounter the scene of dogs getting shot and his terrorized mother-in-law forced to the floor.

Then, surrounded by his dogs’ carcasses and pools of blood, Calvo in his underwear and his mother-in-law were chained up (or cuffed, same-same) for several hours. While their belongings were ransacked in the search for more drugs (not found), they were interrogated. No other incriminating evidence was found, and neither Calvo nor his mother-in-law were arrested.
Police later reported that the package had not yet been opened. The package was addressed to the Mayor’s wife, who was not home at the time of the raid.

Calvo stated, "They thought we were drug dealers, and we were treated as such. I don't think they really ever considered that we weren't."

The sheriff’s office stated that Calvo and his family remain "persons of interest." The video, lack of evidence from the search, and Calvo’s background make the likelihood of him being a drug dealer a fairly outlandish claim.

While listening as Mayor Calvo describes the events, I would have been even more upset than he. The actions of the police were unconstitutional, clearly violating the Fourth Amendment.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Sergeant Mario "Bozo" Ellis, claimed the invading officers "apparently felt threatened" by the dogs. "We're not in the habit of going to homes and shooting peoples' dogs," Ellis said. "If we were, there would be a lot more dead dogs around the county." True enough, but delete the word ‘dogs’ from this statement, and we might as well be in Nazi Germany.

People may have a varied range of emotions concerning the dogs and drug crimes, but we can all agree that these dogs were the property of Mr. Calvo and his wife, and the pot inside the home was really not their property, it was planted by the police. Calvo remarks his busted door, the bullet holes, and general mess from the officers’ search and dog’s blood could all be cleaned up, but the dogs, Calvo’s property, were destroyed forever.
If someone tries to invade your home in the same 'apparently threatening’ manner – whether it’s a thief, murderer or even the government, like these officers ‘of the law’ – I remind you, Reader, that to defend yourself, family, and property with lethal force, otherwise known as the Right to Bear Arms, is an intrinsic part of your individual freedom, and the government is forbidden to infringe on your freedom via the Constitution of the United States of America. Many forget that the Second Amendment, as fellow columnist Kenn Jacobine writes here, really protects ALL of your freedom and liberties, especially from ‘our’ government.

Anyways, I wish I was making this stuff up, my sources are below. And sure, some of you may be thinking, this is truly horrible, but this will not happen to me. Right? No, I beg to differ. I will just refer to my earlier article on Hope Steffey of Ohio and the more infamous Jose Padilla, and let you, Reader, judge for yourself.

Author's Note: I was originally alerted by this video at Liberty Maven. The Washington Post reports here. The Associated Press reports here.

A last note. Do not expect to hear about this from the presidential candidates, McBama, either. Both are not interested in having the populace read and insist on the Constitution since this document does not sanction their warmongering and their military empire – I challenge you to dissent on my writings below.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

- Martin Niemoller’s message - ex-Nazi Supporter, Pastor, WWI U-boat Commander, and Nazi concentration camp Survivor. (Niemoller originally supported Hitler’s nationalistic policies, but turned against the Nazis when they came after his Church.)

http://www.nolanchart.com/article4393.html
 

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Wow!!! That is just insane! After watching the news broadcast video... I just can't believe that none of them asked the simple question...

"Who sent the package?"

Probably because it was sent by the SWAT team. Unbelievable.

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"Yesterday Channel 9 News reported a SWAT team planted a mail package containing 32 pounds of marijuana at the doorstep of Mayor Cheye Calvo."
 

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Wow, They used a SWAT team on the MAYOR! These cops need there playstations taken away and introductions with local prison officials for extended stays.

I like to know what judge signed this warrent. Also, if his wifes name is on the package, why didn't they wait untill she got home? Also why not just knock on the door. Its not like someone can just flush 32 lbs of dope down the toilet in one flush. I also wonder who sent the package.

Sounds like the cops are dirty, big supprize. :roll:
 

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Yea, the War on Drugs in General has been a humiliating disgrace.
 

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Cops dirty?! NOOO Never!!! :?
 
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