The non-pot-dealing Mayor’s dead dogs are just the latest victims of misplaced use of deadly force by a local SWAT team.

Remember Sal Culosi? He got gunned down outside his house by a Fairfax County SWAT team member while being arrested for alleged football gambling offenses. He was unarmed. He had no police record. He was an optometrist.

Culosi’s killer said it was an accident. He kept his job.

Why would SWAT teams get involved in pot and gambling busts? My guess is there’s not enough of the work the whole SWAT concept was designed for to justify the teams’ existence, so police chiefs send the gung-ho specialists into situations where gung-ho is wholly inappropriate.

Thanks for nothing, Steve Forrest