What a Bunch Of Friggin Idiots~~Your Law Enforcement At Work?

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
August 28, 2008 8:00pm CST
I only just now came across this story of how a Swat team conducted a violent raid of the home Of Mayor Cheye Calvo in an alleged drug bust...and in the process, killed the family's two dogs What happened was that this was a "plant" by drug dealers who delivered a package filled with marijuana and was addressed to the Mayor's wife Trinity. The drug dealers gave an anonymous tip to the police of the package and that's when an organized raid by the police's Swat team came into the picture. The Swat team didn't even have a what is known as a "no-knock" warrant and just barged right in,raided the family's home, killed their two dogs, and tied up the Mayor's wife's mother and the Mayor, interrogating them for several hours. Since this has happened, the Mayor and his wife have been cleared of all charges of alleged involvement with drug smuggling as this was a clear case of a "plant" by drug smugglers. This isn't the first time such tactics were done by police Swat teams...as you'll read in the excerpt below that a 92-year old woman was gunned down for being a suspected drug smuggler...I MEAN COME ON Here's one excerpt from one source: (Quote) [i]Recently, a D.C.-area sheriff's office SWAT team and county police narcotics officers in Maryland burst into the house of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo after they saw Calvo take a suspicious package inside. (The package, which contained marijuana, was intended to be intercepted by a drug smuggling ring that exploits unsuspecting addressees.) During the raid, they shot and killed the mayor's two Labrador retrievers. (1) In the ensuing investigation, it was discovered that the police did not even possess a "no-knock" warrant for the botched SWAT-style raid.(2) In November 2006, the Atlanta area was shocked when 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston was gunned down by narcotics officers who kicked down her door (an incorrect address was supplied by an informant) in another bungled “no-knock” drug raid. Protecting her home from the sudden intrusion, Ms. Johnston fired one round before being shot 39 times by police; they then handcuffed her and, as she lay dying, planted marijuana in her basement to cover up their mistake.(3) Each year, SWAT teams across the country conduct an estimated 40,000 raids, many of them directed at people suspected of nonviolent drug law violations.(4) These brutal tactics -- heavily armed police in military-style attire breaking down doors and tossing flash-bang grenades -- have become routine. But it’s obvious such tactics are not justified for routine drug raids. [/i] Here's a link to another article about this http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/07/AR2008080702161.html It seems this isn't the first time too that these "gun-ho" members of the police force have blatantly killed off family pets while in pursuit of alleged and wrongful drug busts. Here's an excerpt from the same article: (Quote) [i]FBI reviews precede investigations and are used to determine if law enforcement agencies followed procedures. The agents will likely look at both the forceful entry of the mayor's home by sheriff's deputies and the narcotics investigation by county police that led to the search, legal experts said. They will examine "what information did the police have about the residence at the time they went there, what justification did they have to enter under those circumstances," said Jim Sotos, a lawyer who has written about evolving search and seizure law. An attorney came forward yesterday to allege a possible pattern of animal abuse by the sheriff's department. Michael Winkleman said he is representing another family whose dog was shot by sheriff's deputies in November, along with a woman who is suing the department for searching her home without a warrant and threatening to shoot her dog. In the first case, Winkleman said, sheriff's deputies arrived at the Accokeek home of Frank and Pamela Myers with a warrant for another house on their street. After the couple informed the deputies of their error, they continued to question the couple and looked around their home. As they spoke, the couple's 5-year-old German boxer began barking in a yard, out of sight. Soon after, according to Winkleman, the couple heard gunshots, and they found the dog shot to death. He said the family is preparing to file suit. [/i] I'm so mad about this I could puke...I mean how would YOU like it, if you were innocent of any wrong doing, and you were home and all of a sudden you had a SWAT team kick down your door, raid your home and without a yes, no or maybe, shot your pets in the process. I hope all these people, including the Mayor Calvo sues the police really big time. Sorry, but when I hear stories like this makes me all the more not have any respect for any law enforcement
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I saw a news video clip when the story broke, the Mayor had described the event, and he said that the dogs had run away from the police -- they hadn't tried to attack or anything, they had run away. And they killed the dogs anyway! I don't know, we see alot of police these days abusing the power they've been given -- this is most prevalent in big cities, but it can happen everywhere. It doesn't make me envy the good cops much more, knowing they have to work with people like this. It's a stressful enough job, they don't need bad examples to get people to trust them even less.
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@BarBaraPrz (20527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Aug 08
Yes, let's not forget that there ARE good cops out there.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
I grew up admiring them and hoping to work alongside them someday, it's hard for me to forget. The amount of bad ones is pretty dismaying though.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Isn't unfortunate that we do tend to hear more stories of the "bad" cops...for instance here in the NYC area we're constantly hearing about cops who open fire at some "perpetrator"...and not just a shot or two but something like over fifty rounds of ammo...only to find out, the "perpetrator" was some innocent person who wasn't even armed
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
29 Aug 08
Hi pyewacket! OMG, that is really cruel and irresponsible behavior of law enforcers. I have no respect for people who wear the uniform yet are very abusive and irresponsible. Many law enforcers are the ones who break the law and it is hard for those good and responsible law enforcers to be affiliated with these rotten people in their force. I hope that the Mayor and those other victims of these law enforcers to sue them. These law enforcers should have investigated first their "tips" if it is really credible or not. I think that these group of aw enforcers are thrill seeking idiots who are playing gods to regular people. I hope they will pay big time for their actions. Take care always..God Bless!
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@BarBaraPrz (20527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Aug 08
Idiots... yes! You'd think they'd recognize the name of their own Mayor and do a double think before proceeding.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes it's unfortunate that when you hear of incidents like this that one tends to think all law enforcement as being abusive...there no doubt are good cops, but after hearing something like this it just makes me suspicious of all law enforcement... BarBaraPrz...yes, how could these jerks not know the name of their own Mayor?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
30 Aug 08
Hi pye! Hi BarBaraPrz! Yes, it is impossible they do not know who their mayor is! Maybe it is politically motivated and they want to ruin the mayor's reputation. I have seen this kind of things happening before with some politicians here in our country. lovelots..faith210
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@BarBaraPrz (20527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Aug 08
I am reminded of George Orwell's 1984 and the three slogans of the Party: War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I'll have to re-read that again....been awhile
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• United States
29 Aug 08
I read about this awhile ago and it's not surprising. However I did not know all of the details that you just presented, I did know that it seemed to be some kind of anonymous tip that caused police to show up in the first place. It did seemed planted to me but the police certainly didn't care and were more interested in making sure they 'got someone' for the crime. Obviously, they really don't care about human life. They're more interested in making sure they attack innocent people instead of really going after the people that are really involved in the crimes.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Well they should do some kind of follow ups as to the "tips" to see that they are legitimate before acting on them like this, don't you think?
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
29 Aug 08
This is totally unacceptable yet most common these days! A total abuse of power I was raised to respect police officers. Now I call them jack-booted thugs. I watched a full grown officer jump out of his car and tackle a sixth grade boy off of his bike while riding away from a neighborhood fight. My husband and I broke up the fight before the cops even arrived. Not a gang fight, no weapons, just an old fashioned fist flying wrestling match. No one got hurt and we sent the onlookers home. They obeyed us as they should have. I yelled at that cop, and his response was "He had a weapon" I proceeded to call him a liar, among other things, and that's when my husband sent me into the house. Good thing too because I would probably have been arrested! I proceeded to call the police, speaking to a lieutenant that I knew and let him know just what an abuse of power I had witnessed. Many of them have gotten totally out of hand!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I saw a video not too long ago too...this took place fairly recently in Philadelphia, where a gang of cops dragged the "perpetrators" to the ground and all began kicking them....I also remember seeing one incident captured on tape of cops of stopping a car, "requesting" that the man and woman get out of their car and were falsely accusing them of some "crime"....they had a cute little puppy which then hopped out of the car and the cops shot the dog...like WTF?
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Like I said jack-booted thugs!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I remember hearing about those first two cases. That was horrible. I think that too much authority has been given to some of these law enforcement people. Or, perhaps they get self in the way and forget to obey the law. There was no reason whatsoever to shoot any of those dogs. And there sure was no reason to shoot that 92 year old woman! But they have the way and means to plant something to make it look like it was legitimate. But they knew they had the wrong address.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I'm just betting things happen like this more than we know about...and of course, to cover their hides, they must often place "plants" to justify what they've done
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Most people used to be scared to complain. Now they aren't, so we will probably see more and more of this corruption coming out.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
well....at least it wasnt a kid or sometihing. it could have been alot worst i guess.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Doesn't matter if it was a kid or dog....besides most people view their pets as part of the family
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• United States
29 Aug 08
Sounds like some of the Law Enforcement officers that we have here in California. I'm not shocked. Police departments can be corrupt. That is why I do not trust them.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I'm not too fond of our police depts here in NYC either..too many time you hear of stories of someone being gunned down just because he looked guilty
@myklj999 (16808)
29 Aug 08
I lived "outside the law" for many years, and as such have witnessed many instances of Law Enforcement officials abusing their powers by planting evidence, falsifying paperwork and outright lying on the witness stand under oath. I was always the type that if I was caught, and it was a "good" bust, I never had any problem; after all, they were doing their job. But I have always fought injustice, even when practiced by those who allegedly serve justice. In my opinion, police who lie to "make" a bust appear legitimate are no better than those they are arresting; actually, they are worse.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Then you have cops who really are honest and try to expose some kind of corruption within the system...and then that cop isn't exactly "safe"---remember Serpico? I think he's STILL in self-imposed exile as he's still very outspoken about corruption that goes on in Law enforcement--he's still not exactly welcomed
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
29 Aug 08
I have seen all the pics on the news about this and didn't actually know what was up till i read this from you..Thanks..another day in the Law..and then they wonder why we don't like them? I have things up in my store all about these happenings since it happens to alot of people but they( the Man) try to cover it up or plant things like you mentioned.. Sadly anyone can do this to get back at you and after its over...you lose and no turning back...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I only heard about all this now through one of my emails to a site I belong to. I don't remember hearing about this on the news at all until now reading about it.
@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
29 Aug 08
I guess "oops" just doesn't begin to cover it this one does it? lol. Man, I caouldn't even begin to imagine being anyone on that team or their chief when they realized what had happened. I would love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting. These guys are going to be meter maids the rest of their careeres, lol. Epic fail!
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I hope they get sued like crazy for this. Meter maids? Would like them in jail serving time instead.