Police chief expresses regret over dr...

Police chief expresses regret over drug raid

There are 124 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 9, 2008, titled Police chief expresses regret over drug raid. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Prince George's County police Chief Melvin C. High said yesterday that a suburban Washington mayor and his wife were "innocent victims of drug traffickers" and expressed regret for the loss of the couple's dogs ...

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Henry Bowman

Edgewater, MD

#1 Aug 9, 2008
Damage control, pure and simple.

The chief should do the honorable thing and condemn these rogue officers' actions.

They did a no-knock raid without the appropriate warrant, engaged in a shoot first situation without any reasonable suspicion of armed people inside and made false statements to investigating authorities.
politwriter

Arlington Heights, IL

#2 Aug 9, 2008
The apology was, as they used to say in Chicago baseball, "a day late and a dollar short."

Just yesterday, the essentially incoherent PG County police PR person was trying to justify this police riot on national radio.

Heads had better roll in Prince George's County law enforcement.
Not Surprised

Southington, CT

#3 Aug 9, 2008
These SAME Cops Killed ANOTHER Dog LAST YEAR!!!

http://federalism.typepad.com/crime_federalis...

Prince George County police officers are under scrutiny for killing Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo's two dogs. Unfortunately for Prince George County residents, their police officers enjoy killing animals. Here is a similar story from November, 2007:

An Accokeek couple is demanding an apology after Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies burst into their home and killed their dog - all because deputies went to the wrong address.

Pam and Frank Myers were tucked away in their home Friday night watching a movie when the warrant squad pounced....

"And I said,'You just shot my dog," said Pam Myers, through tears. "I just wanted to go out and hold her a bit. They wouldn't even let me go out."

The couple's five-year-old boxer Pearl was killed. The deputy says he feared for his life. They say the dog would bark but was no danger to the deputies.

Of course, "The Sheriff's Department says it's investigating what went wrong." Yet no one has been punished or suffered any career consequences for killing a helpless dog for sport.
Dave

Florence, KY

#4 Aug 9, 2008
"innocent victims of drug traffickers"

Where's the part about "inept police work"?
Allen

Baltimore, MD

#5 Aug 9, 2008
Let's see....a prisoner dies in jail, and they cannot figure out who did it. That is with the State Police and the FBI joining in. Ever get a Doctor to say anoher Doctor made a mistake? The same is true for Police, no one will be held accountable and the Police Forces will grow and the number of Police on the street will decrease, all in the name of Homeland Stupidity, sorry Security
A Mess in PG

Dallas, TX

#6 Aug 9, 2008
I just read some of the comments from the PG Police Chief and the PG Sheriff, what a crock of cow dung these two are spilling out of their mouthtraps. The citizens of PG can be better served if these two took a different career path asap. The Sheriff is upset that the family called in the Feds for a case review, he is upset ???, the freekin stooge should be getting ready to have his world turned upside down just like his inept fools wearing badges just did to this family. Hopfully the family gets justice and everyone involved in law enforcement with this fiasco gets fired and jail time. There are plently of good cops out there, PG doesn't need these idiots running and working on the force.
Jen Marsh

Glen Burnie, MD

#7 Aug 9, 2008
They were innocent victims of COP THUGS and an uneducated, misinformed, lawless police force. The Cops were victims of the drug traffickers.

This idiot, Melvin High makes one dumb comment after another, which displays his overall intelligence and capabilities.

FIRE HIM, FIRE THE THUGS RESPONSIBLE AND RELEASE THE NAMES OF THE THUGS RESPONSIBLE.

Where is Martin Owe Malley (Thief)
Is he hiding during all of this? Where are his beedy little eyes, peering into cameras, telling lies.

We need your lies now Marty, We already know you can't lead. you scumbag.
Dirk

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Aug 9, 2008
And this was over marijuana? Maybe this kind of operation would be semi-justified if it were a meth lab or heroin distribution, but marijuana? The war on terror is a joke too, but given the hysteria around it, it should have replaced this war on drugs by now. In twenty years who knows how many pork-filled wars we'll be fighting.
Truth

United States

#9 Aug 9, 2008
It seems as if this an everyday occurrence in this country, a similar incident happened in central FL not long ago. Officers were responding to a burglar alarm at a residence, the officers had a hard time finding the actual street address of the house they were supposed to go to, so that decided to “pick” the house they thought was the correct one……Oops, turns out they broke into the wrong home, the homeowner was taking a shower when he heard his dog barking, the officers shot his dog (killing it) then drug him outside naked in the front yard while he watched his dog die….Then they figured out they were actually at the wrong address!!…..The officers told the poor guy “sorry” and drove off…..There is a lawsuit pending in this case…no word on the two “Einstein” officers that were involved in the incident. The judge in this incident should lose his appointed seat for incompetence AND lose his license to practice law. The police chief should have his head delivered on a silver platter to the mayor and his wife, ALL officers involved in this debacle should be fired immediately and lose there law enforcement certifications. The mayor and his wife should sue every agency involved from every county, state, city and federal including the judge after he is booted to the sidewalk..........This whole mess is shear stupidity from beginning to end….from the judge that allowed the warrant to the police officers involved……….The longer they wait to issue a REAL apology only makes it worse for these imby’s because they are simply covering up for the total lack of common sense used by everyone involved………Incredible, the lawyers are lining up for this one and they will probably work pro bono………………..
XXX

United States

#10 Aug 9, 2008
All of you writers are exactly right in your criticism! I'd bet because a human wasn't harmed that these police didn't have their guns taken away until they're 'cleared'. The people in the house are very lucky that they didn't reach for a weapon...you know, a cell phone. I've got a feeling these cops went home and tried to get their dog to bite them so they could say they were attacked by the mayor's dogs. And county cops and sheriffs are usually the ones who couldn't make it into the FBI or State police. Of course, nothing will come of the all this. Nothing will change. When will we wake up and acknowledge that drunk drivers, trigger-happy/fearful cops, and well armed sociopaths are ten times the threat to society than Bin Laden will ever be?
Rusty Chompers

Baltimore, MD

#11 Aug 9, 2008
"a plot to deliver hundreds of pounds of marijuana to several unsuspecting residents in the area, which they would then intercept in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement."

Um... what?
Jason

Westminster, MD

#12 Aug 9, 2008
Mr. Mayor, sue them all, collectivelly and individually.
There_R_no_liber ties

Fort Myers, FL

#13 Aug 9, 2008
"to make sure everything was done correctly."

Talk of a bias statement. Typical on internal affairs investigations. Would justice not be better served if their objective was "to determine whether everything was done correctly?"

They will most certainly "make sure" the outcome shows that "everything was done correctly."

And why this case? Because the victim is a Mayor? How about all the other innocent victims of our nazi style police tactics in this country? If anything they should let the Mayor's case sit and look into the civilian victims of police.
Not Surprised

Southington, CT

#14 Aug 9, 2008
XXX wrote:
All of you writers are exactly right in your criticism! I'd bet because a human wasn't harmed that these police didn't have their guns taken away until they're 'cleared'. The people in the house are very lucky that they didn't reach for a weapon...you know, a cell phone. I've got a feeling these cops went home and tried to get their dog to bite them so they could say they were attacked by the mayor's dogs. And county cops and sheriffs are usually the ones who couldn't make it into the FBI or State police. Of course, nothing will come of the all this. Nothing will change. When will we wake up and acknowledge that drunk drivers, trigger-happy/fearful cops, and well armed sociopaths are ten times the threat to society than Bin Laden will ever be?
These Same Cops Killed a Dog LAST YEAR! Because they COULDN"T READ and Stormed the Wrong Address!

http://federalism.typepad.com/crime_federalis...

Prince George County police officers are under scrutiny for killing Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo's two dogs. Unfortunately for Prince George County residents, their police officers enjoy killing animals. Here is a similar story from November, 2007:

An Accokeek couple is demanding an apology after Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies burst into their home and killed their dog - all because deputies went to the wrong address.

Pam and Frank Myers were tucked away in their home Friday night watching a movie when the warrant squad pounced....

"And I said,'You just shot my dog," said Pam Myers, through tears. "I just wanted to go out and hold her a bit. They wouldn't even let me go out."

The couple's five-year-old boxer Pearl was killed. The deputy says he feared for his life. They say the dog would bark but was no danger to the deputies.

Of course, "The Sheriff's Department says it's investigating what went wrong." Yet no one has been punished or suffered any career consequences for killing a helpless dog for sport.
calamity

Baltimore, MD

#15 Aug 9, 2008
Yes this is an unfortunate thing that has happened, but we in Baltimore City have been stating these facts about the police here and it has been pushed aside, not investigated or that the police were in the right. The innocent citzens of Baltimore City have been shot, had family members shot and no one has said a word. I do feel bad for the Mayor and more so for the dog but if this had happened here, the story would not be getting this much coverage. Now the question becomes is it because of his race, his status or the area that he lives in that keeps this story going. The injustice happens everywhere in Baltimore. Bad cops are everywhere. And until in is investigated by those other than their own it will continue to happen.
calamity

Baltimore, MD

#16 Aug 9, 2008
Rusty Chompers wrote:
"a plot to deliver hundreds of pounds of marijuana to several unsuspecting residents in the area, which they would then intercept in an effort to avoid detection by law enforcement."
Um... what?
A story was done on this scam happening here in Baltimore, Chicago and a few other states quite a while back. Unfortunately if you missed it on the news then it was never replayed. Its not like FEDEX would send out some sort of warning about it since they had been aware of it happening. Also, they have arrested a few people this week on this scam.
sweatytexan

Irving, TX

#17 Aug 9, 2008
Prince George's County police Chief Melvin C. High said yesterday that a suburban Washington mayor and his wife were "innocent victims of drug traffickers"

Um, I thought they were the victims of an out-of-control gang of storm troopers who killed their dogs?

Perhaps skewing the reality of what happened helps these authority figures to legitimize their actions.

Here is their leader's mailing address:
Michael A. Jackson
Office of the Sheriff
1601 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD
20774
Jake

Alexandria, VA

#18 Aug 9, 2008
The problem with suing them collectively is that the taxpayer ends up footing the bill.

The officials responsible should be sued individually for their particular misconduct. The punative damages should come out of the offenders pockets as much as possible.

In reality it will probably be a large publicly funded "settlement".

I'm all for the victims here, but it bothers me that tax dollars first have to go to cover this kind of overzealous policing of a non violent offense--then the taxpayers take it a second time paying the damages for the trigger happy SWAT troopers misconduct.

BTW hasn't PG county ever heard of pepper spray??? One shot of pepper spray drives most dogs into a full retreat pdq.

I can understand cops being afraid of aggressive breeds or trained fighting dogs, especially if they are acting aggressive. But to develop what seems to be a shoot first and say latter "I felt threatened" policy, seems guaranteed to lead to bad results.

Like--
"Quick Mac that chihuahua is making a move for that chew toy!".
"Watch out Bubba that golden retriever is running toward you with a stick in it's mouth-gd terrorist fleabag!!....

Since: Jul 08

woodbridge

#19 Aug 9, 2008
yet another case where these pigs will get off scott free, our only protection will be to arm ourselves and to barricade ourselves in our homes at night. everybody has a false sense security behind locked doors and statements like "if im not doing anything wrong i have nothing to worry about" dont let history repeat itself, the pigs have militarized against us, a civilian population. if this is a war then we must fight back. dont let the fascist win.
Cindy

Las Vegas, NV

#20 Aug 9, 2008
To little, to late Chief. You are history

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