UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo says Prince George’s County is still relying too heavily on SWAT teams.
Calvo says he will speak to the media about the issue after a hearing Monday in his ongoing lawsuit against the county over the shooting death of his two dogs.
The dogs were killed in 2008 when deputies raided his home after a package containing marijuana was sent to the home. Police later cleared Calvo saying the delivery was likely part of a scheme by smugglers sending packages to unsuspecting people.
Calvo says he has since worked to enact a reporting law for the use of SWAT teams and data shows the use of SWAT teams has dropped since the raid, but the county continues to use them more than other law enforcement agencies.
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