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.

The Federal Monitor has prepares and files 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. APD also  prepares and submits  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,  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 more recent  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:

December 7, 2022

Spike In APD Police Officer  Shootings Dominates Court Hearing On Federal Monitors 16th Independent Report On Reforms;  APD History Repeats Itself Despite All The Reforms


November 14, 2022

Federal Monitor Files 16th  Report On APD Compliance Levels Under The Court Approve Settlement Agreement


August 1, 2022

City Proclaims “End in Sight” For Court Approve Settlement Agreement; City And DOJ Agree To Suspend Monitoring 25% Of Settlement; Sergeants and Lieutenants Remain Weak Leak In CASA Enforcement


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

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


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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.