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Maryland House Passes Bill to Monitor Use of SWAT Teams

Cheye Calvo's efforts to bring transparency to the use of aggressive SWAT raids in Maryland are moving forward:

Delegates adopted a bill, on a 126 to 9 vote, that would require law enforcement agencies to report every six months on their use of SWAT teams, including what kinds of warrants the teams serve and whether any animals are killed during raids. The bill was prompted by the case of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo, whose two black Labrador retrievers were shot and killed during a botched raid by a Prince George's County Sheriff's Office SWAT team in July.

Calvo has said he was surprised to learn that police departments use the heavily armed units far more routinely than they once did but that it is difficult to get reliable statistics about SWAT raids. The Senate has passed a similar measure. [Washington Post]

The bill doesn’t actually reform anything, but it aims to create a record of how, when, and why SWAT teams are deployed in Maryland. This effort has the potential to reveal a great deal about the reckless over-reliance on aggressive drug raid tactics. That's exactly why police opposed it, despite utterly lacking any compelling arguments against such oversight.

Good work by Maryland's legislators and another big moment for Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo, who has become a valiant champion of justice following the tragic killing of his two dogs during a botched drug raid last summer.
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Thank God

Wow, now that's good news ! Special Thanks to Mayor Cheye Calvo.

who voted against it?

Can we get the names of the nine who voted against it?
I want to target them for defeat.

I have a great idea!

Maybe those nine need to receive the same package that the mayor got delivered on his doorstep. If I remember, it was the police that put it there. Then, those same cops violently raided his house and killed his dogs! Maybe if they were "busted" like Mayor Calvo, they would change their tune!

Reps who voted against it

It looks like these are the Reps who voted against the bill:

Aumann, DeBoy, Kipke, Mathias, Norman, Bates, Impallaria, Lafferty, Miller, Boteler, King, Malone, Niemann

http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/votes/house/0648.htm

SAD

Even the family pets aren`t safe in this war , who thinks they are any safer? not me!! WHen are people going to say enough is way passed and end this stupid war on our own people !!

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