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Jackson still stands by Calvo raid


In case you missed it last week, Prince George's County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson, who is running for county executive, answered criticism for Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo's dogs being shot during an infamous, botched raid by sheriff's deputies in 2008 ... sort of.

What Jackson actually said during his appearance on WAMU (88.5FM) was that he has made public apologies to the homeowner. He added that the raid was only one incident in the eight years that he has been sheriff and that, by the way, his deputies successfully kept 32 pounds of drugs from reaching the streets that day. Oh, and he argued that his deputies' role that day was to do the bidding of the Prince George's Police Department.

There are a couple of problems here. For starters, Jackson has only made one apology to Calvo, and that came nearly a year after the raid. Plus, it was a nonapology apology, since mainly he said his deputies did nothing wrong. It reminded me of myself as a lad, explaining to my mother that I disrespected my band teacher but he was a jerk. Things don't work that way. I still had to respect my band teacher; Jackson should have acknowledged that his department made a mistake. Yes, there was a warrant to be at the home, but it turned out not to be the "no-knock" warrant it was described as being.

The other problem is simply that this was not just one incident. Jackson is forgetting about the $261,000 his department has to pay a Greenbelt woman for violating her constitutional rights, in addition to another dog shooting incident in Accokeek and a 2007 incident in which Jackson's office was accused of searching an Upper Marlboro home without a warrant.

Yes, drugs were kept from hitting the streets in Prince George's County and a drug operation was busted that day. But police officers and sheriff's deputies have a responsibility not only to enforce the law but also to uphold the rights of the county's residents. Jackson fails to realize that ultimately, his deputies did not do a good job that day. The rights of Calvo and his household were not upheld.

Kenny Burns blogs at Maryland Politics Today. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 2, 2010; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Prince George's County  | Tags: Cheye Calvo, Michael A. Jackson, Prince George's  
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Sheesh. Does this bozo have any chance of winning the election?

Posted by: jongrantham | June 2, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

You guys are blogging about news that broke last week.

Congratulations "Maryland Politics" Blog. You are irrelevant!

Posted by: --Secret-- | June 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. Michael Jackson, you are a huge putz.

Jackson, Please answer the following question:

If you knew the Calvos were uninvolved in the marijuana plot, why didn't your staff just ring the doorbell, politely explain the situation and ask for the package as soon as Fedex delivered it??

If you can't answer this question satisfactorily without getting ornery, you don't deserve to be elected.

Posted by: --Secret-- | June 2, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Once again it is clear that there are more then a few people who are ignorant on how executing warrants works. It is up to the police department to get the warrant and provide the details to the Sheriff Department. Instead of assuming things and thinking the Deputies were in the wrong why not start asking the Police Department questions. How could they botch their investigation and warrant so bad? Last time I checked if you are executing warrants on drug dealers you don't knock on the door and ask politely can I please come in your house. Most drug dealers in this area have a shoot first mentality. Maybe you have read some of the stories in the paper recently. If anything it sounds like JAckson decided to take the brunt of the criticism instead of passing it onto the Police Department were all the issues started in the first place. The other comments on this post scream of political BS.

Posted by: t1205 | June 4, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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