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Libertarian Weighs In On Raid

Rosalind Helderman

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr is, apparently, a close reader of the news of Prince George's County.

The former Republican Congressman from Georgia released a statement on his presidential campaign website about the July 29 Prince George's police and sheriff's raid on the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo.

County law enforcement investigating a suspicious package addressed to Calvo's wife and filled with 32 pounds of marijuana broke through the mayor's door without knocking and fatally shot his two black labs. Police announced last week that Calvo and his family were innocent victims of a drug smuggling scheme. Local and federal investigations into the raid continues.

Barr opens his statement with a joke: "We typically make fun of bungled police operations by saying they were conducted by the gang that couldn't shoot straight. In this case they could shoot straight -- as a result, they killed a family's two dogs in the midst of a misguided drug raid."

He goes on to decry the lack of investigation into the Calvos before the raid and the fact that law enforcement served a search warrant for the house with knocking and announcing their presence, usually required by law.

The raid, he wrote, "illustrates how the drug war threatens the liberties of all Americans."

He said he believed that law enforcement has become more arrogant and less accountable, usually with very little public attention, and promises that as president, he will improve the situation.

"As president I will ensure that federal law enforcement agencies set a good example for the rest of the country," he said. "In a Barr administration, government officials will never forget that it is a free people they are protecting."

Read the whole statement here.

No word yet on the Berwyn Heights raid from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) or Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 12, 2008; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  Prince George's County , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

What a stupid story!

Posted by: IRISH1 | August 12, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Good for Bob Barr. I am voting for him for President.

Posted by: George Whitfield | August 12, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr is the only Presidential candidate who truly understands the American illness. And like Dr. Ron Paul, he has a cure.

If only more people would actually listen to him or at least pay attention.

Posted by: Marc | August 12, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Barr you are so far away and we hope your kind will not travel here...so what 2 dogs
got killed my peeps dying everyday and barely garners a paragraph in the WAPO.

So bug off you jacko and others who defend dogs and gun manufacturers before black folk, dude.

Posted by: TruthBeeBold | August 12, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

To TruthBeeBold:

Get your facts straight dude, then talk.

First, Barr is not just "defending dogs"; he's talking about the whole bungled raid.

Second, Barr is one of the staunchest defenders of minority rights in this country.

Obviously, you didn't know one thing before shooting off your mouth.

Posted by: Brian | August 12, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

TBT has his point of view, you have yours. Anyone with any platform that shines a light on the fiasco in Berwyn Heights is alright by me. While B. Barr is an agitator, some of his points should not be dismissed.

Posted by: Shaky | August 12, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

To: TruthBeeBold

The war on drugs is a complete failure. Look at the budget of Police Departments to fight drugs, look at our prisons, look at innocent people getting caught up in this, look at the corruption.

Treat drugs like alcohol. Murder and robberies will go down 1/2 overnight.

Posted by: Bdively | August 12, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

POLICE STATE

Posted by: POLICE STATE | August 12, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

THE U.S. HAS BECOME A POLICE STATE

Posted by: POLICE STATE | August 12, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

What's really scary about botched para-military raids like this one is most U.S. citizens don't realize they could be the next victims of this very real government tyranny and War on People and Liberty.

What is most appalling about this remarkably reckless, unconstitutional raid is the gang of police killed the family's dogs, as the dogs were running away from the officers; and then, they have the gall to say "there were no mistakes."

The person who made the decision to raid -- without any investigation whatsoever -- should be fired YESTERDAY. What's the hold up?

In California, the FEDS are stealing medicine and caging sick people IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION'S 10TH AMENDMENT and Gov. Ahnold is letting it all happen.

What's happened to our Democracy? All this backsliding in such a short period of time.

Really Scary.

Posted by: Tragedy | August 12, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

FYI, Ms. Helderman, this was NATIONAL news, on CNN. This was botched and of course a libertarian would be the only one to point out that the police did way overstep their bounds.

Posted by: DB | August 12, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"War on people" is more like it. Prohibition has never worked and never will. Einstien said, "doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results, is INSANITY". He was a hell of a lot smarter than our "leaders", maybe we should take a lesson.

Posted by: J.D. Lape' | August 12, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Amazingly, the PG County Police think they did nothing wrong!!! On August 8, Mark Spencer, the inspector general of the Prince George’s County Police told Kojo Nhamdi on WAMU (88.5FM) when asked if he could identify anything that went wrong from the information he had so far,“At this time, I can’t identify anything that was done wrong.” Huh??

Posted by: Dave | August 12, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The PGC Sheriff's Dept is the worst police department in the whole USA, and its "War" on drugs is instead a war on Americans by morons with guns. It is staffed with murderers and animals. They pay out millions every year as damages for police misconduct. Just several weeks ago one of those animals murdered a 19-year old prisoner, in an isolated jail cell, and no one saw anything. How convenient... The fact that the kid was charged with running down a police officer is less than irrelevant. Now there is one more murderer on the loose, and he is wearing a uniform. He will no doubt soon kill again.

Posted by: WarOnAmerica | August 12, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

There is a petition started over the incident with the dogs being shot, please go sign it. We must Protect our dogs. It is at http://protectourdogs.blogspot.com/

Posted by: John | August 12, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

There is a petition started over the incident with the dogs being shot, please go sign it. We must Protect our dogs. It is at http://protectourdogs.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Paul | August 12, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Finally a Candidate that will stand up for what is right
Comment posted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 10:11pm
Don't get me wrong, drugs are bad when misused. But reading this article, we can see how far we've come to combat a problem that just grows not to mention that these officers killed 2 family pets of an innocent person. These dogs and there owners were innocent civillians who got tangled up in a scheme by someone else.

It's amazing that the press hasn't picked up this article as someone is actually saying what needs to be said. I went to http://www.bobbarr2008.com when I read this article and Bob is saying the right things. I never voted for a third party candidate before, but now I'm ready to volunteer for his campaign and do my part to get someone in office with a head on his shoulders.

Its funny the mainstream press will pick up articles about someone's shoes or someone else's vacation plans, but they won't address or cover the issues which they are paid to cover!!

This election year was a real loser with MCBAMA running for president and the press just covering what they want to cover. But now I have a real choice!!!! Speaking of a real choice, check out this video on Bob Barr's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im0Wqj3BSvU

Posted by: Bruce West | August 12, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Two websites everyone should visit:

MPP
Marijuana Policy Project
http://www.MPP.org/

LEAP
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
http://www.LEAP.cc/

If you are against cannabis legalization, you are against America, and should move to somewhere more tolerant of your low brow views, like some backwards country where people cover themselves in blankets and kneel before an invisible, war loving deity.

Posted by: Bart | August 13, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate the Washington Post even covering Bob Barr. Most of the mainstream media has largely ignored third party candidates. It's time that the two parties stop considering votes as "belonging" to them. It's time that voters hear from all candidates who are on enough ballots to win - something Barr has accomplished already, though he's working towards as many states as possible. Voters need a better choice than just continuing the status quo of democrats and republicans.

Posted by: David Staples | August 13, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Judging by Ms. Helderman's apparent disdain for laissez-faire I'd guess this must have been a tough assignment for her.

Posted by: Dogmandeux | August 13, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

theyre has been a petition started to change this inhumane tactic. http://dontshootdog.blogspot.com/ go sign the petition. Hundreds of signatures already., they are looking for a million.

Im losing respect for police everywhere., Dog bites dont kill, ask ceasar milan. they were labs. They were running

Posted by: john | August 14, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

bug off you jacko and others who defend dogs and gun manufacturers before black folk, dude.

Posted by: TruthBeeBold | August 12, 2008 10:51 AM
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The war on drugs disproportionately affects the black community, so anyone, (like Bob Barr) who fights against it IS defending blacks.

Posted by: Bob Mc | August 14, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

PG County's "doggie-gate" is just one out of many examples showing that the government should not be taking on more programs when it isn't competent enough to handle what it already does. Neither McCain nor Obama will stand up against the never ending growth of government. Neither of them will stand up for the privacy rights or ordinary citizens and against America's transformation into a surveillance state. Neither of them will stand up to the special interests who keep demanding more more more of our tax money. Neither of them will stand up for the principal that the US constitution means what it says.

No to war. No to the feds taking over our healthcare system. No to government surveillance and torture. No to "nanny state" laws. Yes to Liberty! Go Barr!

Posted by: Afpre42 | August 15, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

So unprofessional. So unnecessary. For such a small amount of contraband that they placed there themselves.

Posted by: Michael Charlton | August 19, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

ditto what my husband said. Why did they have to shoot a harmless labrador retriever in the back?

Posted by: Mrs. Michael Charlton | August 19, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr for prez...what a waste of money, time and attention. While I dislike Barr, he does command some congressional experience and I would think he could be more effective helping people in another way. I thought Lyndon LaRouche had the liberatarian thing all sewed up anyway.

Posted by: Donny | August 20, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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