Lawsuit Can Proceed Over Deaths of Two Dogs in Raid

Judge rules that Berwin Heights Mayor's Lawsuit Can Go On

By Nancy Norman
|  Monday, Mar 1, 2010  |  Updated 12:31 PM EDT
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Lawsuit Can Proceed Over Deaths of Two Dogs in Raid

Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo's black Labs, Payton and Chase, were killed when a SWAT team mistakenly raided his home.

Cheye Calvo, the mayor of Berwyn Heights Maryland is cool, calm and collected. But he didn't sit back and do nothing over a Prince George's County SWAT team killing his two black Labradors, Payton and Chase.

Now a judge says the suit he filed regarding the deaths of his dogs can go forward.  The judge denied motions by the county and state to put a stop to the lawsuit.

And it was all connected to a drug smuggling deal gone terribly wrong.

It happened last July.  What went down was like the scene out of a movie.  Drug smugglers sent a package containing 32 pounds of marijuana to the Calvo house.  A SWAT team raided his house and bound Calvo and held him at gunpoint.  Somewhere in the chaos the SWAT team shot and killed his pet dogs. 

Calvo was later totally exonerated of any drug charges. As it turned out he was just randomly sent the marijuana in a drug smuggling scheme. The goods were left outside the house.  The scenario the drug smugglers envisioned was that someone would come and pick the package up before the innocent residents got home. Unfortunately the Prince George's County SWAT team got there first.

Calvo has championed laws to mandate more oversight regarding SWAT team activity as well as filing the suit. 

He and his wife thougth about moving to put the whole ugly incident behind them. But instead they bought two more pet dogs.  They won't replace Payton and Chase.  But their new pets keep their lives going forward.

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