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Cheye Calvo

by American High

'Cheye Calvo' addresses the evils of ‘no knock’ search warrants, the dangers of the militarization of our local police forces and the foolishness and corruption of America's drug prohibition laws in general
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In July of 2008 in Maryland, USA a man named Cheye Calvo returned to his suburban home after having walked one of his dogs. Inside he found a scene of absolute horror. Over a dozen highly armed and violent intruders had broken into his house. His mother was bound and lying face down on the kitchen floor in tears. Then Mr. Calvo heard the terrifying screams of his wife. She too had been bound and forced face down on the floor. Then the Calvo family watched in horror as the their two beloved dogs were shot and killed. One was shot in the back as he ran away. The intruders spent the next four hours systematically destroying the home. They destroyed furniture, broke cabinets and tracked the blood of his pets throughout the entire house. When the ordeal was over the assailants simply left. They didn't even have the common decency to apologize.

The violent intruders were not street gang members. They were not foreign military invaders. They were not 'illegal aliens'. The intruders were police officers.

County police conducted a 'no knock' warrant on Mr. Calvo's home that day after a package of marijuana was randomly mailed to his address by drug smugglers. The smugglers picked the homes of unsuspecting citizens and delivered drugs to their front porches, apparently to be picked up later before anyone noticed. This time police noticed and busted into Mr. Calvo's home looking for evidence. They found none. That was because Mr. Calvo was not involved in drugs or the drug trade at all. Cheye Calvo was the mayor of the town.

A 'no knock' search warrant is one in which police are given the insane authority to break into and enter any American home they see fit (except in Oregon and Florida). They are not required to announce themselves first and almost universally enter homes armed and ready for a gun fight. Often clothed in all black with no identifiable law inforcement markings, people have no way of knowing the identity of the people breaking in. Could they robbers? Rapists? Murderers? Pedophiles coming for your children? Honestly, if you were woken up in the middle of the night by an explosion, loud shouting and gunfire would your first thought be it's the police? Most of these raids are conducted in the dark, predawn hours and it is common for police to first use flashbang grenades. Flashbangs cause temporary blindness and disorientation. They also critically injure babies if tossed into the baby's crib (Habersham County, Georgia 5/14). Many pets have been killed in front of their owners during these sickingly common raids. Worst of all, men, women, children, even the elderly have been murdered by police during botched 'no knock' raids. Even police officers themselves have been killed during these high risk and immoral home invasions. Over 100 'no knock' warrants are executed each day in the US.

In December of 2013 police executed a 'no knock' warrant in Somerville, Texas. The homeowner, a recently returned combat veteran, believed he was being attacked by criminals. He did what any rational person would do under the circumstances. He armed himself and defended his home, himself and his girlfriend. Tragically, a police officer was shot and killed during the ensuing gun fight. Again, no one in the house was involved in drugs and amazingly both occupants made it out of that house alive. Instead of an apology, the war hero was put on trial for murder. Thankfully the Texas jury saw the truth and found him not guilty. But that officer's wife and children are still without a father and husband. Apparently their pain and suffering are simply necessary evils so that people can't smoke pot. Between 2010 and 2016 dozens of civilians and eight officers were killed during the execution of no-knock warrants.

Currently in the U.S. over a million people are in prison for nonviolent drug crimes. More than 30,000 Mexican nationals have been murdered in northern Mexico in the past several decades, a direct result of our prohibition laws. Police corruption in Mexico (and the U.S.) is a well known fact. Are mass murders in Mexico any less tragic than mass murders in the U.S.? We don't think so. We think using drugs is a bad idea, but we think murdering people is so much worse. After billions of dollars, countless lives lost and the ignoring of our natural born rights, more people smoke pot today than the day it was made 'illegal'.

Part of the problem is the militarization of our local police departments. In all honesty, what on earth does the local police department need with a tank? How about armored personnel carriers? Street sweepers? Police today even have body armor which rivals our men and women fighting in foreign wars. Why? Youtube 'militarization of police in america' and see for yourself.

With our new single 'Cheye Calvo' American High presents this question: which is worse? Fellow citizens using drugs or police breaking into their homes and killing them in the dead of night? A better question is this: do drug prohibition laws even work at all? Americans in 1933 didn't think so. That year alcohol prohibition was ended because it lead to crippling police corruption, the mass murder of innocents, the filling of our prisons with nonviolent alcohol offenders and most importantly, it didn't stop anyone from drinking. Prohibition laws do not work. They didn’t work then, and they do not work now.

If 'no knock' police invasions are necessary in the war on drugs we say end the war on drugs. We think most people would agree that burning babies and murdering innocent people is much worse than letting people use drugs. And those are our choices. There isn't a third.

'No knock' warrants are unnecessary and they erode trust between government and the people. They lead to terror, PTSD, injury and death and we believe they are a clear violation of the peoples' rights.

The real question is this: exactly who is making money from drug prohibition laws? Just like 'deep throat' said to Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal: follow the money

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