[...] Post Chat Report: The chat with Mayor Calvo ended just a few minutes ago. The mayor stayed about a half hour over the scheduled chat to answer more questions from participants. I managed to have a couple of questions answered and the other questions which were asked were also very good. The chat was very informative and worthwhile. Readers who would like to read the full chat can click here. [...]
Excellent discussion. Thanks to Mayor Calvo and of course the forever praise-worthy Radley Balko, and good luck.
Helmut O' Hooligan |
February 26th, 2009 at 11:40 pm
Well done Radley, and thanks to Mayor Calvo for his courage and his willingness to learn about the drug policies that led to this horrible incident. Your time was appreciated, Mr. Mayor, and I hope your story is a wake-up call for the state of MD and the country as a whole. It can happen to any of us. It is time to stop this reckless, liberty crushing war on citizens.
It was generous of Mayor Calvo to do this. I do feel like taking exception to wally’s question which implied that we should rethink the second amendment because the police are breaking into peoples houses. That is absurd to me.
Wow! It’s pretty incredible that Radley was able to make this chat happen. Actually providing our little group with the opportunity to communicate directly with such a prominent and definitive example of drug war idiocy is much better than being on the periphery, pleading for accurate information, and hoping someone on the “inside” is as pissed as we are.
“Is it true a BHPD officer stayed at your house to insure you were not killed while attacking PGPD?
Was this during or after the raid? By attacking, does he mean criticizing the PGPD after the fact?
What I meant, and I’m sure the Mayor understood is; a BHPD officer the mayor knows stayed at his house during the raid, to ensure the mayor was not shot, and the PGPD later would say he tried something that forced them to kill him.
I’ll have to look for the link of that officer saying this.
I just found that so telling. This small town cop knew how dangerous it was for his mayor during this wrongful, and illegal raid. He knew full well these SWAT guys would have no qualms whatsoever about killing this innocent person.
Typical politician. Before it happened to him, he wasn’t aware there was a problem with the police kicking down doors, brutalizing people, and killing their pets (which in itself is frightening, but nevertheless), and now that he is aware, he wants to pass sunshine laws. Did I miss something?
Yes, I’m aware we must “start somewhere.” Typically this means the passage of more laws, but the eradication of the problem is never even considered. Apparently, Maryland already has laws in place to restrict the use of SWAT, as do most states. Since these laws are ignored by the police, judges, and politicians, let’s pass more laws. Brilliant.
Kudos to Mayor Calvo for taking the time to do this. The chat was informative and interesting. Thanks to Radley, also, for his fine work.
I’m not going to complain about what actions Mayor Calvo is taking to end this. It’s a start. And from reading the chat, it sounds like, even though he’s a mayor, he doesn’t have a huge army to support him. Plus, the problem isn’t from the police force he has jurisdiction over, so he can’t do a whole lot directly.
If you disagree with what he sees as the solution, start your own. Don’t criticize anyone working toward a solution because it’s not your preference.
I was in on the chat last night, and was grateful for Mayor Calvo for his answers, and candor; however I’m not convinced that a small law to highlight the activities of SWAT is all great.
Example: Your car is broke, so you take it to a mechanic, and he tells you you need a new engine, brakes, transmission, headlights, tires, mirror, windshield, and rear axle. You have the funds for a complete repair, so you do not tell the mechanic to fix the mirror, then drive off saying “well it is a start”.
I’m not sure what good it does to attack LAWS. What is needed is to either prevent or repeal bad laws, and enact good laws. It is illegal to push a little old lady into traffic–that is a good law. It is illegal for Larry Flynt to send a pornographic video to some people because of where they live–that is a bad law. The law that Mr. Calvo has proposed is a good law. Hopefully it will be used to highlight some of the bad laws that need repealing.
More important to me is whether or not the detective who broke the law will be held accountable. And how about the judge? How complicit is he? I hope there is a good law on the books in Maryland to punish a judge who knowingly terrorizes the citizenry by handing out booklets of warrants like door prizes at a casino–if that is what this judge does, of course. I would hate to accuse someone of a crime without any proof!!
[...] raw shock of having your life turn into a tactical problem for a SWAT team to solve, and he is now advocating for a Maryland state statute to mandate tracking the deployment of tactical law enforcement [...]