Kinship Circle: ACT/ Mayor’s Dogs Gunned Down In Police Raid

August 11th, 2008 8:26 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 9:22 AM
Subject: ACT/ Mayor’s Dogs Gunned Down In Police Raid

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8/8/08: Mayor’s Dogs Gunned Down In Police Raid

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LEFT: Berwyn Heights, Md., Mayor Cheye Calvo and wife Trinity Tomsic speak at a news conference 8/7/08. Calvo is asking for the U.S. Justice Dept. to investigate a county police raid on his home in which his dogs were killed. (Source.)

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RIGHT: The mayor’s two family dogs, Payton and Chase, seen in photo. (Source.)

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE
Melvin C. High, Chief of Police
Prince George’s County Police Department
7600 Barlowe Road; Landover, Maryland 20785
ph: 301-772-4740 * fax: 301-772-4788
email: Police_CustomerService [at] co.pg.md.us

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Michael Jackson, Sheriff
Office of the Sheriff for Prince George’s County, MD
P.O. Box 548; Upper Marlboro, MD 20773-0548
fax: 301-883-6962 * email: sheriffinfo [at] co.pg.md.us
main ph: 301-883-7000 (ask to speak to Sheriff Michael Jackson)
Lt. Ridgeley, Public Information (PIO) Office: 240-508-7710
Cpl. Mario Ellis, Public Information/Community Affairs Office:
ph: 240 508-7638 * fax: 301-883-7984

STATE’S ATTORNEY FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Glenn Ivery, State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County
State’s Attorney, Courthouse
14735 Main Street; Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050
ph: 301-952-3500 * fax: 301-952-3775

COPY YOUR COMMENTS TO (CC):
(Attorney for Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic)
Timothy F. Maloney
Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A.
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 400; Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
fax: 240-553-1748 * email: TMaloney [at] jgllaw.com

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County Police Department, Office of the Sheriff, and State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County:

I am shocked by July 29, 2008 shooting death of two family dogs in the home of Berwyn Heights, Maryland Mayor Cheye Calvo. I understand officers from Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, along with County Police in the Narcotics Enforcement Division, raided the mayor’s home and slaughtered two non-aggressive Labrador retrievers at point blank range.

I trust that an unbiased internal investigation is underway and urge swift punitive action for these officers, including suspension from the force.

As you know, the mayor and his wife have since been exonerated in the case of a suspect marijuana package involving drug traffickers and intended for someone else. But the deliberate killing of Payton, 7, and Chase, 4, can never be recanted. One deputy fired at Chase’s back as the frightened dog fled to the back of the house. Another gunned down Payton as soon as the dog was spotted. Police interrogated the mayor and his mother-in-law at gunpoint, amid the dogs’ bloody remains.

These dogs did not pose a threat to an armed SWAT team. But even if they had, why were no warning shots, chemical sprays, batons, or other deterrents tried first? Please equip law enforcers with the knowledge to neutralize animals perceived as aggressive — without resorting to lethal force. I encourage both the county police and sheriff’s office to learn skills to distinguish anxiety, fear, and protective canine behaviors (i.e., barking, growling) from genuinely hostile behavior.

I fully support Mayor Calvo’s call for intervention from the U.S. Justice Department. If an impartial investigation warrants animal cruelty charges, officers should be arrested and prosecuted. At the very least, the unprovoked killing of family dogs denotes police misconduct.

Armed law officers displayed an utter lack of judgment in a volatile situation. Their response was inappropriate and demands your utmost attention. Please inform me of any progress in this very disturbing case.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS

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Eric Rice / Eric’s Dog Blog, ericrice3 [at] comcast.net
http://ericsdogblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/sherrifs-murder-2-dogs.html

Statement From Attorney For Mayor Cheye Calvo And Wife Trinity Tomsic
http://static.wjla.com/documents/calvocounselstatement080608.pdf

Police Raid Berwyn Heights Mayor’s Home, Kill His 2 Dogs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073003299.html

Police raid Md. mayor’s home and kill his dogs
http://www.examiner.com/a-1526728~Police_raid_Md__mayor_s_home_and_kill_his_dogs.html

Police: Two Arrested in Marijuana Shipping Plot; Raid on Mayor’s Home Defended
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0808/541609.html

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