More on Calvo

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Missed this when it came out a few weeks ago, but here’s a Baltimore news station’s report on the botched drug raid on Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo that quotes your humble Agitator.

Couple of interesting items in the article. First, I think I may have overlooked it at the time, but the quote from outgoing Prince Geroge’s County Police Chief Melvin High is really astounding. He says, “Our investigators went in and showed both restraint and compassion.

Jesus. They slaughtered Calvo’s dogs, stormed his house like they were in Fallujah, and bound he and his mother-in-law at gunpoint for more than two hours. And they were innocent. Makes you wonder what excessive force must look like.

The other item of note in the article is that the Prince George’s County police did the same thing a year ago. They raided the wrong house, shot and killed the family dog, and were completely unrepentant and unapologetic to the innocent couple they terrorized.

That’s two incidents from the same department within a year. That we know of.

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14 Responses to “More on Calvo”

  1. #1 |  nemo | 

    Of course they’ll engage in denial, but no one should be surprised; denial is a major component of the DrugWar itself: denial of its’ obvious and intrinsic inability to affect the illegal drug trade in any significant way.

    The rising tonnage (tonnage!) of contraband interdicted and the steady price and improving quality of each proscribed substance is (embarrassing) proof of that ineffectiveness. Any admission of failure is, perforce, a condemnation of the entire enterprise; can’t have that, now can we?

    So, we continue to ‘destroy the village in order to save it’, one family (and yes, I do consider pets as family members, wanna make somethin’ of it?) at a a time. Jeez…

  2. #2 |  Mike T | 

    If the police were catching pot being mailed to people, how hard would it have been to get a postal inspector to cooperate with them? A postal inspector could get in USPS garb and draw Calvo out, where they could have peacefully detained him.

    The fact that stuff like this comes to my mind, and I’m a software engineer, and these people are supposed to be the “law enforcement professionals” is what makes me think that we’ve hired a bunch of hotheads that just want an excuse to play rambo.

  3. #3 |  HTownTejas | 

    Man, if they stormed my house I’d respond with “both restraint and compassion” in the Melvin-sense of the term…..

  4. #4 |  Marty | 

    I’m thinking those fuckers need to have boxes and boxes of dog shit mailed to them from santa…

  5. #5 |  CRNewsom | 

    @#4 | Marty:

    I like your style.

  6. #6 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Makes you wonder what excessive force must look like.

    It’s Guilianni time! A toilet plunger stick up the ass.

    Oh sorry, that’s just advanced interrogation techniques.

    My mistake.

  7. #7 |  Bernard | 

    I assume he means to say that the storm troopers won’t be so restrained next time a family are caught minding their own business.

  8. #8 |  OneByTheCee | 

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  9. #9 |  dsmallwood | 

    Radley, this other episode you speak of … didn’t it occur in the past? i think that makes it off limits. and i don’t want to play “the blame game”

  10. #10 |  D. Mason | 

    Hey, let’s face it. If they had gunned down every living thing inside the home they wouldn’t be facing embarrassment now. They could have declared Calvo guilty without a trial and patted themselves on the back for taking a few kilos of killer weed off the streets. From their twisted perspective it just makes good sense to be murderous fiends. No apologies, no trials and no loose ends. So, yeah, restraint. Heh indeedy.

  11. #11 |  Stephen | 

    “That we know of.”

    I fear that you are absolutely correct and we only get to know of 1-2%.

  12. #12 |  Frank | 

    I’m familiar with Doylestown, I grew up not far from there and my parents still live in the area.

  13. #13 |  Frank | 

    Funny how when police kill dogs or even people the attitude, like Lt. Harris from Police Academy, “Too bad, so sad, bye bye.” But if an innocent resident manages to kill an unlawful home invader who happens to wear a badge it’s “give the murderer the needle.”

    Double standard? Durn tootin!

  14. #14 |  tBoneJones | 

    They’re so psychotic, and in such denial, they actually consider their phony drug war a real war in which collateral damage is acceptable. They don’t even apologize when they blow it. We need militarized task forces going after marijuana almost as much as we need a smallpox outbreak. The drug war has had virtually no effect on supply. As fast as they lock up one dealer WE have to support, another one takes his place on the streets. The more they lock up, the more they beg for money to fund yet more militarized police. Since the start of the drug war street prices on heroin and cocaine have DROPPED. I can’t find ANYONE but cops, and aged politicians who think this is a good idea. We’ve totally lost control of our government.

    I feel MUCH worse for the countless innocent victims of these type raids than I do for the handful of cops who’ve been injured (or killed) participating in them.