The Cato Institute is holding a policy forum, “Should No-Knock Police Raids be Rare-or Routine?” Reception to follow.
The event features, Cheye Calvo, Mayor, Berwyn Heights, Maryland’ Radley Balko, Senior Writer, Reason and author of Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America; Peter Christ, Co-founder, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
The Prince George’s County police department is under fire for a recent drug raid on the home of Berwyn Heights mayor Cheye Calvo. Unbeknownst to Calvo, a box containing marijuana was delivered to his home. Shortly thereafter, police officers kicked in the front door and shot both of Calvo’s pet Labrador retrievers. The police have subsequently cleared Calvo of any wrongdoing but are unapologetic about their raid tactics. Are no-knock, paramilitary raids an appropriate tactic for drug investigations? Or do sudden, unannounced entries bring unnecessary violence to police investigations? Join us for a discussion of the Prince George’s incident and, more broadly, the militarization of police work in America.
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Date: September 11, 2008 at 4 pm
Location: Cato Institute; 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; Washington, DC
For more information: http://cato.org/event.php?eventid=5268