I am so angry at this story, that I am having trouble stringing sentences together.
If someone decides to email me some marijuana, the police might come in and kill my pets? Without tracing the source of this package or any evidence that I asked for it? In this country, there is absolutely no way for me to prevent people from mailing things to me. In fact, I would like for there to be a way to prevent people from mailing things to me, but without individual court orders, I can't go around getting this junk mail stopped.
If I had a dog and the neighbor wasn't happy about it barking, perhaps he could send me a package of weed and the police will take care of that noise?
"As the police came in, Calvo said, they shot his 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, Payton, near the front door and then his 4-year-old dog, Chase, also a black Lab, as the dog ran into a back room." The police claimed that they were afraid of the dogs. This shows they're not only chicken hearted, they're also stupid. How much danger are you in from a dog that's running away from you?
The police were in control of this situation from start to finish. They decided when to deliver the package. They had all the time in the world to figure out whether the mayor had dogs and what other factors might be in play in that environment. There's no reason they should have been unprepared for the existence of a couple of labs. If they were, it just shows they don't know how to do their jobs.
Why were the city police not informed? What is wrong with our state that the cities can be invaded by the counties without real provocation? This was the dang mayor!
If this investigation started in a shipping facility in Arizona, then why isn't this a Federal issue instead of a county issue?
"There, a police dog at a shipping facility identified the package as being filled with marijuana. Prince George's officers posed as deliverymen and brought it to Calvo's home..." Pretty amazing dog. Not only can it tell that there's marijuana in a package (which I believe), it can also tell you exactly how much.
This is nowhere near as appalling as killing a suspect in custody, but it's yet another indication that something is seriously, seriously wrong with the police in my county.
Update: Not surprisingly, the article in The Examiner made me angrier. It says that "officers seized about 32 pounds of marijuana delivered to the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo." It fails to mention that the officers are the ones who had the package delivered. They placed a package of marijuana on the guy's porch and then the newspaper reports it as a bunch of drugs seized from his house.
"Police say the investigation into how the drugs were in his home continues..." Dang, Bert. How did those drugs get into his home? I dunno, Ernie, can't figure out how they got there.
Update 2 (8 Aug): Could it be our fine county police officers like to shoot dogs "for sport"? From a new article:
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.