Remembering Cheye Calvo

A simple reminder today: the case of Cheye Calvo.

The case is hardly remarkable. Really, it’s only “news” because of who Cheye Calvo is.

The summary? Well, it appears that in their vigor to prosecute yet another case in the War on (Some) Drugs, the county cops planted a box of the old Mary Jane on the doorstep of a choice home in a posh neighborhood in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, and waited for someone to claim it. (We are told this is a new technique being used by the dealers, you see.) When the resident of the house brought it in with the mail, county SWAT executed a no-knock raid, terrorized Calvo’s mother-in-law, shot both of his dogs (one of them in flight), and held him at gunpoint while they ransacked his house.

The only thing they found worth confiscating was…the box of weed they’d put on the doorstep. Their shifting stories about the warrant and their actions started at lame and degenerated from there. And how’s this for a punchline?

“The guy in there is crazy,” [Berwyn Heights police officer Amir] Johnson remembered a Prince George’s County officer telling him when he arrived. “He says he is the mayor of Berwyn Heights.”

“That is the mayor of Berwyn Heights,” Johnson replied.

The detective looked very surprised, Johnson later recalled: “He had that ‘Oh, crap’ look on his face.”

The solitary show of official onsite sanity was provided by Berwyn Heights officer Johnson, who was driving past the scene and checked in personally. (Remember, it was the county cops who did the raiding.) And his reaction may be the most chilling item of all:

The scene at the house was so terrible and odd to Berwyn Heights officer Johnson that he planted himself in the living room. He couldn’t see a search warrant posted anywhere. The mayor looked so vulnerable that Johnson wanted to make sure nothing even worse happened to him, such as getting shot. “Not that I didn’t trust the police,” Johnson would later say. “But I wanted to personally witness what is going to happen to my mayor, so if they try to say this guy went for a gun — and he didn’t — it’s not going to happen on my watch.”

How about that? (Maybe he recently watched the film 16 Blocks, or something.)

I mean, on the plus side, this may be an excellent example of an officer that’s actually worth more than the costume he wears. (I’d sure welcome an attitude like Johnson’s on my local police force.) But look at the sort of world we live in now.

And remember Cheye Calvo the next time someone asks you to surrender more money or liberty to “do your part” in the War on (Some) Drugs, because what happened to Cheye Calvo is not only possible, it is inevitable.

– Article from Anchorage Libertarian Examiner on August 4, 2009.

Comments

9 Comments

  1. Jawohio on

    This story is absolutely ridiculous. If I had a suspicious box on my front porch, I would certainly bring it in with the mail. These pigs sit around, their adrenaline is rushing, just waiting for another marijuana smoker to catch. Why in the hell are the pigs so worried about busting marijuana smokers..oh, wait, because the drug of choice would certainly be cocaine or heroine as these drugs exit the body much faster than marijuana. In the end, this mayor needs to find legal representation and find the schmuck of a judge who signed a warrant without enough probable cause – or at least without more information, this surely seems like the problem. Peace and Pot

  2. foam on

    The multimillionaire that was murdered by police in SoCal. They wanted to steal his mega bucks piece of real estate under the guise of forfieture. He had no pot- just red maple trees..

  3. gstlab3 on

    WE LIVE IN A POLICE STATE THAT IS BEING RUN BY THE BULLIES AND THE ELITISTS.,NO ORDINARY MAN OR WOMAN WOULD HAVE EVER HAD THEIR DAY IN THE LIMELIGHT.,NO AVERAGE JOE HAS ANY REAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST THE BRUTALITY AND INDIFFERANCE OF THESE POLICE AND THE LAKIE JUDGES THAT LET THEM ABUSE THEIR POWER.,IT IS ALL FOR THE SAKE OF A DOLLAR THAT THEY BUST PEOPLES DOORS DOWN IN HOPES OF MORE ASSETTS TO BE SEIZED BY THEM AND THEIR DEPENDANT BUEROCRACIES!!!! NO KNOCK WARRANT? NO PROBABLE CAUSE OR REAL HARD EVIDENCE JUST HEARSAY AND THE GOOD WORD OF AN OFFICER OF THE LAW IS ALL YOU NEED TO BASH IN SOMEONES DOOR OR THEIR HEAD IF YOUR NOT THE MAYOR THAT IS!!!

  4. Anonymous on

    This is NOT a new low. THIS happens EVERY day to people that never have a way to voice an opinion. And judges are just as corrupt as the cops, if they even did have a warrant at the time, which seems unlikely due to failure to provide it on site. TERM LIMITS for judges AND police in my opinion.

  5. Michael on

    This is a new low for the police department. The basis of the “warrant” was that someone picked up a package with their name on it that was at their door and brought it inside. People do that everyday when they receive packages in the mail. I really don’t see how a judge could sign off on a warrant with just that and the tip that the person may be a drug dealer.

  6. MojoJojo on

    If this had happened an average Joe, the truth of this story would never have seen the light of day. My condolences go out to the Mayor and his family, for the loss of there dear pets. I am however glad that this happened to this person instead of one of his neighbors. This man is pissed and ready to deal out some well deserved and WELL OVER DUE punishment to the police force. Finally the truth of their illegal tactics and corruption can get some REAL media coverage.

    All I can say to the Prince George’s County PD is HAHAHA YOU STUPID FUCKERS! YOU FINALLY FUCKED UP BIG TIME!

  7. Anonymous on

    dam if iwas him id find out wich cops shot my dogs and go to thier house and shoot his dogs and beat the shit out of those cocksuckers .one at a time while they wernt running with thier gang .this is the real reason you cant find ammo in the stores people are arming up to kill off home invasions by these animals and i dont blame folks at all police are out of hand .and at some point are going to have to be stopped we need our boys to come back from iraq and afganastan and put a end to the war against mom and dad here at home.god help us