Drug Law

Cops Evade Blame After Killing Family Pets in Marijuana Raid

| by Marijuana Policy Project

From MPP Blog by Dan Bernath

One year after a SWAT team shot and killed two Labrador retrievers in a
marijuana raid on an innocent small-town mayor’s family, the Prince George’s County, Md.,
sheriff responsible has announced his department did nothing

Here’s The Washington Post’s summary of the incident that occurred
last July:

Members of the SWAT team killed [Cheye] Calvo’s black Labrador retrievers
after deputies broke down his door and raided his home in search of a
drug-filled package that had been addressed to Calvo’s wife.

Law enforcement officials have since acknowledged that Calvo and his wife,
Trinity Tomsic, were victims of a smuggling scheme that used a FedEx driver to
ship drugs. They said the couple knew nothing about the box. County police, who
were leading the drug investigation, have said they were unaware it was the
mayor’s house.

Some drug investigation. PG County cops failed to even Google Calvo to
determine whom they might be dealing with. They also neglected to coordinate
with the sheriff in Berwyn Heights, the small D.C. suburb where Calvo served as
mayor, who said he could have cleared this up with a simple visit to Calvo’s

Yet PG County Sheriff Michael Jackson insists his investigation proves “what
I’ve felt all along: My deputies did their job to the fullest extent of their

Actually, maybe Jackson’s right. I’ve made this point before,
but if his deputies did their jobs the best they could, then maybe it’s time to
change the policies that shape their jobs.