The FBI is reviewing the violent law enforcement raid of the home of Berwyn Heights, Md. Mayor Cheye Calvo last week that resulted in the deaths of the family’s two dogs, reports the Washington Post. The city is a suburb of Washington, D.C. “We have witnessed a frightening law enforcement culture in which the law is disregarded, the rights of innocent occupants are ignored, and the rights of innocent animals mean nothing,” Calvo said. June White Dillard, president of the NAACP’s local chapter, said Calvo experienced police action familiar to many young black men in the county.
The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and county narcotics officers raided the home after Calvo brought in a 32-pound marijuana-filled package addressed to his wife. They tied up Calvo and his mother-in-law and interrogated the mayor for hours. Police later announced they had arrested a package deliveryman and another man in connection with a scheme to smuggle marijuana by intercepting packages addressed to unsuspecting recipients. Police Chief Melvin High said that Calvo and his wife were probably innocent victims of the conspiracy. He and Sheriff Michael Jackson defended the actions of deputies and officers who carried out the raid.