Dinelli Blog Articles On The DOJ Reforms, Federal Monitor’s Reports, APD And The Police Union

www.PeteDinelli.com is a political blog written from the prospective of a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978 with 27 years of public service who is a former prosecutor, administrative law judge, city councilor and former Chief Public Safety officer and who has 15 years experience in the private practice of law. As a political blog, it provides “commentary and analysis” with no apologies knowing full well people are free to agree or disagree with what is presented.

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Since the inception of www.PeteDinelli.com in September, 2017, one story that has been followed very closely has been the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) to the extent that all Federal Monitors reports have been read. Federal court hearings have been attended whenever possible. After the articles are published on www.PeteDinelli.com, they are emailed directly to those involved in the litigation. The articles are emailed to the Mayor, City Council and citizens and organizations that may be interested and the articles are posted on FACEBOOK. The biggest reason for the blog coverage is to provide a service to the general public and elected officials in that in depth local news coverage can only be considered inadequate on such a complicated subject.

On April 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) released its 46-page civil rights investigation report of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) The investigation was conducted over an 18-month period jointly by the DOJ Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. The civil investigation concluded that APD engaged in a pattern or practice of use of excessive force and deadly force and that a “culture of aggression” decades in the making existed with APD.

On November 14, 2014, after 6 months of negotiations, the DOJ and the City of Albuquerque entered into a Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) that mandated 271 reforms. The settlement agreement was negotiated to avoid further litigation and to avoid the appointment of a receiver placing APD under the management and control of the Department of Justice. In addition to the 271 reforms, the DOJ and the City agreed to the appointment of a Federal Monitor who audits the progress of implementing the reforms, prepares reports and who reports to the Federal Judge assigned to the case. The Federal monitor has no management nor control over APD nor its personnel.

From May, 2015 to November, 2021, the Federal Monitor has prepared and filed 14 Independent Monitor’s Reports with the average length of upwards of 300 pages containing data that is difficult to follow. The reports are highly technical and cumbersome, requiring hours to read, understand and analyze to the point that the reports are useless in content to the general public.

From May, 2015 September, 2021, APD has prepared and submitted its own reports in response to each of the Federal Monitor’s Reports.

You can review all the documents related to APD’s settlement agreement with the DOJ at the below city link:



Beginning September 9, 2017, 52 blog articles have been published dealing with the DOJ Reforms, Federal Monitor’s Reports, APD And The Police Union. Following is a listing of the article’s titles and dates published starting with the most recent and ending with the article on the 9th Federal Monitors report. Links are provided that you can click on to read the articles:

May 18, 2022
Federal Monitor Files 15th Report On APD Reform Compliance; Dramatic Progress Made; Sergeant and Lieutenants Still “Weakest Link” On Holding Officers Accountable; No Superintendent Of Police Reform; Chief Medina Says Wants To Achieve 100% Compliance In Two Years


May 5, 2022
Sloppy And Incompetent Vetting Process Results In Mayor Keller Backtracking And Withdrawal Of Superintendent of Police Reform Nominee


April 26, 2022
Keller Names New Superintendent of Police Reform


February 14, 2022
“Tales Of 2 DOJ Hearings; Mayor Keller, the City, APD, Union Lambast Federal Monitor; Police Reform Advocates Lambast City And DOJ’s Combined Failure’s; Federal Judge Should Act “Sua Sponte”, Appoint APD Receiver, Dismiss CASA As “Historical” And Unenforceable”


January 3, 2021
“Top Heavy APD High Command Staff Goes From 3 to 6 Deputies With 5 APD Insiders; New Level Of APD Bureaucracy Created With 16 “Deputy Commander” Positions; “Outsiders” Needed To “Effectuate Real Change”; 2 Sham National Searches For Chief; Sham Anticipated For “Superintendent of Police Reform”


December 27, 2021
“SWAT Team Disbanded For Hazing African American “Rookie” Cop; APD Relegated To Ask For Help From Outside Agencies; SWAT Has Nefarious Past That Must Not Ever Be Forgotten”


December 20, 2021
“DOJ, Federal Judge Reluctant To Force APD Into Receivership; Faux Indignation By City; Expired Union Contract Still Enforceable; Monitor Recommends Outsider Take Over APD As Chief; 157 Management Positions In Police Union Out Of 917 Sworn Personnel; Police Union Contract Violates State Law”


November 22, 2021
“Federal Monitor Files 14th Report; Medina: “It’s a matter that APD don’t know how to do stuff to their liking”; Keller’s Failure “To Own” Reforms As Promised; Appoint Receiver Or Expect 4 More Years Of None Compliance”


November 1, 2021
“Slimer Shaun” Willoughby At It Again; APD Police Union Announces No Mayor’s Race Endorsement; Union Survey Promotes Big Lie On Police Reforms; Union Wants To Manage APD And Dictate Policy


September 21, 2021
APD Command Staff Fail To Get Job Done With $227 Million Budget; Police Union Responsible For Failures Implementing DOJ Reforms


September 14, 2021
“US Attorney General Garland Announces New Rules For Federal Monitoring Of Consent Decrees; City And APD React; Police Union President Shoots Off Big Mouth”


August 21, 2021
“APD Police Union President Willoughby “Gaslights” And Falsely Shouts Fire In A Crowded Theater To Promote His Big Lies”


August 20, 2021
“Officer Down”: 1 APD Officer In Critical Condition, 3 Officers Wounded; 2 Suspects Arrested With 1 Injured; Man Charged With Felonies; Chief Medina Blames Justice System; Union Blames CASA Reforms; Another Cycle Of Anger, Shock And Empathy Begins With Promises Of Solutions; Special Legislative Session Needed.


August 6, 2021
“APD’s “Use of Force” Increases 5 Years In A Row; Negligent To Omit Statistics On Interactions With Mentally ILL For Use By Community Safety Department”


June 28, 2021
“Police Union Exercises Free Speech Right Using “You Tube” And Political Blogger To Complain; “Counter CASA” Effect Is Not Free Speech But Police Union Actions To Obstruct APD Reforms”


June 10, 2021
“DOJ And City Refuse Too Seek APD Police Union Held In Contempt Of Court For Ad Campaign Disparaging Police Reform Settlement; Court Declines To Take Action; Union Now Embolden To Continue Disruption Of Settlement Reforms”


June 10, 2021
“DOJ And City Refuse Too Seek APD Police Union Held In Contempt Of Court For Ad Campaign Disparaging Police Reform Settlement; Court Declines To Take Action; Union Now Embolden To Continue Disruption Of Settlement Reforms”


June 4, 2021
“Amicus McClendon Sub-Class Seeks Federal Judge To Impose Sanctions Against APD Police Union For Sabotaging Implementation Of Consent Decree Reforms”


June 2, 2021
“APD Forward Wants Federal Court To Hold Police Union In Civil Or Criminal Contempt Of Court Over Police Union $70,000 AD Campaign Undercutting CASA Reforms; Others Express Concern Over Ad Campaign; Order To Show Cause Hearing Needed”


May 20, 2021
“AXIOS Fails To Report “The Rest Of The Story” On APD’s Consent Decree”


May 11, 2021
“Federal Monitor’s 12th And 13th Reports Highlight Mayor Tim Keller’s “Catastrophic Failure” To Implement The DOJ Mandated Reforms”


May 4, 2021
“APD Compliance Levels Continue To Nosedive With DOJ Reforms; Three Different Narratives From APD Police Union And Attorneys As To APD Reforms Causing High Crime Rates; City And DOJ Should Ask Court To Hold Police Union In Contempt Of Court”


May 4, 2021
APD Police Union Spends $70,000 To Discredit Federal Court Order After Impeding And Resisting APD Reforms For 6 Years; Tactic Likely Grounds For Contempt Of Court By A Party For Interfering With Court Order


April 22, 2021
“Mayor Keller Ignores Federal Monitor’s Recommendation To Hire “Outsider” As APD Chief; APD Union Attorney Says City Created “Gordian Knot” With CASA Reforms; Millions Paid APD Upper Command, $32 Million A Year For CASA Reforms”


April 15, 2021
“APD’s “Operational Compliance” Will Not Be Achieved Until New Generation Of APD Management And Police Officer Takes Over; Court Can Dismiss Case On Its Own”


April 14, 2021
“APD “External Force Investigation Team” Must Be Last Chance Before APD Ordered Into Receivership; The Medina And Stanley Tag Team; April 15 Status Conference Scheduled By Court”


March 31, 2021
“APD’s Unconstitutional Policing Practices Brought The US Department Of Justice To The City, Not Politicians “Throwing APD Under The Bus.”


March 17, 2021
“Debunking False Claim That APD’s Consent Decree Cause Of City’s Increased Crime; Dereliction Of Duty By APD Management, Police Union And APD Police Resisting Reforms”


March 15, 2021
George Floyd Case Settles For $27 Million; In 6 years, $34.9 Million Paid In 9 APD & BCSO Cases; It Will Happen Again As Police Reforms Resisted By APD And BCSO


March 8,2021
“City And APD File “13th Progress and Status Summary Report; External Force Investigation Team Proof That APD Not Committed To Reforms”


March 2, 2021
“Federal Judge Signs Order For APD “External Force Investigation Team”; Parties Reject Channel 7 And Police Union False Claims About Reforms; Hopefully, Very Last Chance”


February 24, 2021
“City Spends $35.85 Million Yearly On CASA Reforms; 61 Sworn Police Assigned To Compliance; Judge Should Deny Motion For EFIT Team; Suspend CASA; Order Monitor To Take Over Of IA Use Of Force Investigations”


February 15, 2021
“APD Police Union Spreads False Claims That CASA Reforms Increase ABQ’s Crime Rates And Objects To Outside Force Review Team; As A Party To Lawsuit, Police Union Contacts With Press Undermine Police Reforms”


February 11, 2021
“City Agrees To Hire “Outside” Use of Force Investigators To Review APD’s Use Of Force Cases; Where There Is A Will To Obstruct, APD And Union Will Find A Way”


February 10, 2021
“Target 7 Searches For Scandal On Federal Court Monitor & Finds Nothing; Fails To Report APD Management And Police Union Reason For Costly Delay; “News You Can’t Trust”


December 15, 2020
“APD Police Union Contract Violates State Law By Allowing Management Positions Of Lieutenants and Sergeants Into Bargaining Unit; Empower APD Chief To Immediately Terminate Cops “For Cause”; Replace Hourly Wage With Salary Structure; City and DOJ Need To Move To Dismiss Union As Party”


December 10, 2020
“City And DOJ “Use Of Force Investigation Team” A Big Mistake; Police Reform Groups Want APD Receivership; Court Ask Questions About APD Management As Union Members And Chief’s Lack Of Authority To Terminate Cops; Give Federal Monitor Special Master Authority Over APD To Implement CASA Reforms”


December 2, 2020
“APD Police Reform Advocacy Groups Seek “Contempt Of Court” And Seek To Place APD In Receivership; After 6 Years, 2 Mayors, Millions Spent, Police Union Interference, Failed Progress On DOJ Reforms, It’s Time To Say “I Told You So!”


November 9, 2020
“12th Federal Monitor’s Report: APD “On The Brink Of Catastrophic Failure”; “Failing Miserably To Police Itself”; Police Union Obstructs Reforms; COMMENTARY: Remove Sergeants And Lieutenants From Union; Abolish APD Internal Affairs”


October 15, 2020
“NY Times: “How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts”; This Sounds WAAAY Too Familiar! Dismiss Police Union As Party To Federal Lawsuit”


October 13, 2020
“Five Times More APD Employees Fired Or Disciplined; Enforcement Of Court Approved Settlement Agreement Likely Cause; Sergeants and Lieutenants Being Part Of Police Union Still Problematic


October 12, 2020
‘Damaging Disclosures: Former APD Chief Geier Accuses Federal Monitor Ginger Of Impropriety; 5 Deputy Chiefs Claim Gieir Failed Leader; All 6 Should Be Forced To Testify In Federal Court APD Settlement Case’


June 20, 2020
“City Council APD Reform Survey Offers No Insight As To What APD Needs For Federal Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA)”


June 10, 2020
“DOJ And City Refuse Too Seek APD Police Union Held In Contempt Of Court For Ad Campaign Disparaging Police Reform Settlement; Court Declines To Take Action; Union Now Embolden To Continue Disruption Of Settlement Reforms”


June 8, 2020
“Counter Casa Effect” Impedes Both DOJ Reforms And “#8 Can’t Wait” Metrics


May 6, 2020
“Federal Monitor Files 11th Compliance Audit Report Of APD Reforms; “Counter Casa Effect” Still Problematic; Order 100% Operational Compliance Within 6 Months Or Replace Chief Or Deputy Chiefs To Get Job Done”


November 7, 2019
“10th Federal Monitor’s Compliance Report: “Counter Casa Effect” Alive and Well Within APD; Move To Dismiss Union From Case; Remove Sergeants and Lieutenants From Police Union”


May 8, 2019
“Ninth APD Federal Monitor’s Report Filed; Negotiate Dismissal of CASA”


July 25, 2018
“Police Union At Odds With DOJ Reforms”


May 31, 2018
“Police Union President Pops Off About A So Called Culture Of Aggression


May 24, 2018
“Police Union Back Handed Swipes At Keller Wage Increase Will Not Solve Officer Shortage”


April 13, 2018
“The Annual Police Union Bitch And Moan Survey”


February 20, 2020
APD Police Union Needs To Stop Thinking Only Of Themselves


December 9, 2017
APOA President Is The One Acting Dishonorably


September 9, 2017
Police Union Endorsement Should Have Been Declined



It is hoped that the blog articles have been informative in an effort to explain the issues involved with reforming APD.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.