Monday, December 29, 2008


I received a Christmas card and letter from Cheye Calvo, Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland and his wife. You may remember about six months ago county para-military squads broke down his door, shot and killed his two dogs and detained him, his wife and mother-in-law for hours handcuffed on the floor. I had written them a sympathy card.

I found this interesting site, with details of these warrantless, deadly force paramilitary invasions of private homes. It is good to look up before you move anywhere. Some areas are apparently notorious for unrestrained force by "officials."

Raid Map

The so-called "police" in this raid still admit no wrong-doing, although no charges were ever brought against the Mayor or his now-deceased dogs.

The mayor and his wife are still trying to get answers and are trying to put their life back together. Topiary is hoping they sue every single "official" involved in any way and at the least get them fired.



Blogger Watercolor said...

Agreed. This should never be possible. Warrants exist for a reason.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Supermom said...


10:35 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

That's scary. I need to see if Clinton is on the map.

11:13 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Watercolor: Cow agrees. Strongly.

Supermom: Life in America. With Homeland Insecurity.

Sandi: Amazingly enough, this is one area that Mississippi does okay in. Thank goodness.


12:09 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

Fired or raided by "the authorities"

For some reason, Helminthdale is off the map, though our authorities are faultless. (-;

2:21 PM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Your post got me thinking about authority and the lengths we go to obey it. Did you see the article in the NYT about the recreation of Stanley Milgram's famous 1963 experiment? I blogged about it, because it was just so disturbing.
(I almost said "shocking" but that would be an awful pun)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

It is frightening to think you can be living a peaceful life and have something like that happen. Life would not be quite the same after such an event. It takes away any security you would feel. Very sad for them.

It was very nice of them to send you a card.

10:56 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Kev: Helminthdale is sure to be snitched off soon. At the very least, for blocking fire exits with boxes.

Sandi: Some experiments should never be you have a blog again? (Cow will quickly be clicking to find out)

Linda: Yes, they are very nice people. That's part of what makes it so scary, they're nice, law-abiding, normal people living in a nice neighborhood, and none of that gave these "police" a moment's pause.

Their Christmas letter was really nice, and nicer still was they sent to just strangers like myself who were moved by their situtation to just send them a card of support.

Topiary is hoping that everybody involved in this is eventually fired and they win boatloads of money from everyone responsible.

Not to be vindictive or anything!


10:32 AM  

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