NM Sun Article: “Albuquerque officials deny blogger’s claim that someone was screening his emails”;  City IT “Unblocks” Dinelli Emails Sent To City Officials; City Council Needs To Demand Investigation By Inspector General Or Internal Audit 

On March 30, 2023, the on-line news outlet New Mexico Sun published the following news item:

HEADLINE: Albuquerque officials deny blogger’s claim that someone was screening his emails

By T.H. Lawrence

Mar 30, 2023

Pete Dinelli isn’t buying the official response.

Dinelli, a former Albuquerque City Council member who writes the news and commentary blog PeteDinelli.com, is furious that his emails were blocked to more than 250 Albuquerque city officials and employees.

Albuquerque Digital Engagement Manager Erika Eddy said the block was removed March 27. Eddy said it was put in place after a misunderstanding.

“The Department of Technology and Innovation has not received any requests to block Pete Dinelli’s emails and also does not block any emails based on requests,” she told New Mexico Sun. “On March 22, 2023, DTI used its normal security protocols to review an email that was flagged as attempted phishing. The email appeared to fit many criteria for a phishing attempt and was blocked, with the block removed yesterday once it was determined to be non-malicious. DTI has the primary responsibly to keep all city digital assets secure, including the roughly 1.5 million emails sent to the city each month.”

Dinelli is not convinced.

“The bottom line is, I simply do not believe what IT is telling you. I do not believe IT,” he told New Mexico Sun. “Someone was screening what they want these people to see. And that goes for the mayor. To me, this is extremely troubling. This is a pattern of conduct that cannot be tolerated. It’s a threat to democracy. Someone had to do it. This was not computer-generated.”

Dinelli’s political blog began publishing on Oct. 27, 2016. Over the last six years, 1,662 blog articles he wrote about city, county and state news and issues have been published. Dinelli said he aims to provide commentary, analysis and possible solutions to the problems of Albuquerque while trying to completely avoid “political gossip.”

For six years, his voice was heard across the state. Last week, that changed.

On March 22, Dinelli published an article with the headline “City Pays Obscene Millions Of Overtime To Select Few First Responders Despite Repeated Scandals Of Paying 2 and 3 Times Base Pay; $34,380 Bonus And Longevity Pay To 19 Year Cop Veterans; An In Depth Review Of The 4 Year History Of Overtime Abuse Allowed By Hapless Mayor Tim Keller And City Council,” and emailed it out.

On March 23, an article titled “APD Chief Harold Medina Embellishes City’s ‘Slight’ Decline In Crime Rates Claiming APD Fighting ‘Perception Of Crime’; Reality Is ABQ Has Become Violent City; ‘Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure’ And Programs Fail” was sent out.

Within 15 minutes, 108 emails came back saying Dinelli was blocked. He later concluded that his emails were blocked by at least 251 city employees. Dinelli wrote about this on his blog, saying that his emails, which he uses to send his articles to readers, have been blocked by all email addresses using the city of Albuquerque’s cabq.gov domain.

He was surprised and appalled at what he considers an attempt to censor his views.

“Over the years I have gotten very little feedback from city officials on the articles, but I do know they get them and have been told by the mayor, city councilors and city employees they read and often discuss them,” he said. “My article describes how I found that my emails were blocked by city official email addresses when I got immediate notification from 251 City Hall officials. To me, the blocking or deletion of emails by government officials is illegal and a violation of First Amendment rights of free speech and the press, and my reasons are contained in the blog article.”

Dinelli said he has an idea what caused this to happen.

“I think there have been more than a few blog articles that motivated the blocking and again this is discussed in the blog article,” he said. “The blocks began after I published my blog article on overtime pay abuses naming individuals and salaries.”

Dinelli said he has been in contact with three city councilors and they said they made no request to block him and are upset that someone can actually screen or stop them from getting emails. A fourth city councilor has also said no request was made to block Dinelli’s emails, he said.

Dinelli said something very similar happened with an Albuquerque online news agency called ABQ Raw. He also said specific city councilors have attempted to block him in the past, so the explanation offered by the city has not convinced him it was a computer error.

“I simply do not believe city IT without more proof and there is a reason for that,” Dinelli said. “ABQ Raw is in ligation with the city over being blocked or deprived of requested information.”

“Whether you believe me or the city IT, what happened was unacceptable and much stricter controls need to be implemented,” he said. “In particular, city IT needs to send notifications to people who are blocked. My AOL account notified me my emails were blocked, not city IT.”

Dinelli is a native of Albuquerque. He is a licensed New Mexico attorney with 27 years of municipal and state government service, including as an assistant attorney general, assistant district attorney prosecuting violent crimes, Albuquerque deputy city attorney and chief public safety officer, Albuquerque city councilor, and several years in private practice.

“In my 27 years of public service as a prosecutor, judge, city councilor, deputy city attorney and chief public safety officer I do not recall a single time I blocked anyone,” he told New Mexico Sun. “As far as what I would like to see accomplished going forward, it’s that it never happens again to anyone and what steps is the city taking to make sure that it never happens again.”

The link to the New Mexico Sun news article is here:



It must be pointed out that www.PeteDinelli.com did not make any contact with the City’s IT Department requesting an explanation why emails were being blocked nor  did City IT inform him the reasons why he had been blocked. What did happen is that various news agencies contacted City IT  to ask why a block was initiated and then they were told the block was lifted.  City IT never sent a notification to Pete Dinelli of emails being unblocked.

The blocking of Dinelli emails was so very wrong on too many levels and those levels include the following:

  1. It is considered censorship and a flagrant attempt to stifle free speech and to suppress critics.
  2. It deprives constituents and the public the right to contact their duly elected city officials and public safety officials.
  3. Elected officials should be very concerned if anyone is screening or or blocking  what they are being sent in the regular course of business and its  being done without their knowledge or consent.
  4. The mass blocking of any  E-Mail that involves city business  constitutes abuse of City Information Technology (IT) System paid for by taxpayers.
  5. E-mail accounts are not the elected official’s property nor the individual employee’s property and they do not have the right of censorship by blocking a person’s emails because they do not want them or do not care to read them.
  6. There is no right of expectation of privacy when it comes to city email accounts. The email addresses are a matter of public record that the public are entitled to access and send communications.
  7. Any citizen who is blocked by APD and Albuquerque Fire and Rescue can be placed into jeopardy unable to make contact by email to report and document incidents.

The City Council needs to demand a full and complete explanation of what happened.  A referral  needs to be made to the Inspector General or Internal Audit to review IT policy to determine appropriateness of city policy.  The city council needs to know who can block their emails and who did block their emails.

No elected or city official should ever tolerate the screening, stoppage or censoring of legitimate communications from the public.




The New Mexico Sun is part of the Sun Publishing group which is a nonprofit. The New Mexico Sun “mission statement” states in part:

“The New Mexico Sun was established to bring fresh light to issues that matter most to New Mexicans. It will cover the people, events, and wonders of our state. … The New Mexico Sun is non-partisan and fact-based, and we don’t maintain paywalls that lead to uneven information sharing. We don’t publish quotes from anonymous sources that lead to skepticism about our intentions, and we don’t bother our readers with annoying ads about products and services from non-locals that they will never buy. … Many New Mexico media outlets minimize or justify problematic issues based on the individuals involved or the power of their positions. Often reporters fail to ask hard questions, avoid making public officials uncomfortable, and then include only one side of a story. This approach doesn’t provide everything readers need to fully understand what is happening, why it matters, and how it will impact them or their families.”

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APD Public Relations Flack Gilbert Gallegos And Chief Harold Medina Engage In Social Media Bullying To Vilify Citizens And Judges; Stoop To All Time Low; Done With Backing Of Mayor Tim Keller  

On February 4, KOAT TV Target 7 investigation took to task the Albuquerque Police Department (APD)  for its social media posts that were considered by many as inappropriate. It constituted intimidation and harassment of the general public. APD for its part made no apologies for official tweets on its TWITTER and FACEBOOK page. The source of APDs posts  is APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.  Gallegos has no law enforcement training, he is a former Albuquerque Tribune reporter and worked for Governor  Bill Richardson and then Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham when she was a congresswoman.


Doug Peterson is the President and CEO of Peterson Properties.  The  company is the largest commercial property owner and commercial landlord in the city.  Last year, Peterson took  to  Twitter to complain about crime and homelessness in Downtown Albuquerque. He  spoke to the media about his frustrations how the unhoused are affecting property values and destroying businesses.  Doug Peterson said this about his tweets:

“I was vehemently complaining about the lack of response that my company has been getting from APD, mostly about property crime.  The information that I put out there is straight from our properties and what we’re experiencing.”

APD responded to the tweets by Peterson on its Twitter account and  posted  the following:

“Calling out your b.s. [bull shit]  is public service.”  (May 24, 2022 at 9:25 AM,)

“You only complain and never offer solutions.”  (October 13, 2022 at 3:52 PM)

Your racism aside, we have charged 99 murder suspects this year.”  (October 6, 2022 at 9:33 pm)

APD Police Chief Harold Medina was asked  to respond to the propriety of the APDs tweets.   Medina admitted  that some of the tweets violated the city’s social media policy.  The policy states when replying to posts on city accounts, city employees are supposed to “keep it professional and avoid confrontation.”  Calling a businessman who is exercising his right of free speech a racist as Gilbert did  is not keeping it professional and avoiding confrontation.

Medina referred to the Peterson tweets as “cyberbullying” and said this:

“At times, yes, we push back and sometimes people don’t like the way we push back.  I think (the tweets) were appropriate for the individuals that they were meant for. … They bluntly point out differences [and] Bottom of FormI’m OK with that. … There are some individuals who, politically, for political reasons or a variety of reasons, are resort to cyberbullying, which is something real. And I don’t think that it’s necessarily fair.”

EDITOR’S COMMENTARY: Calling a businessman who is exercising his right of free speech a racist as Gilbert did is not keeping it professional and avoiding confrontation and it’s likely libelous. Enabling and backing up a public relations flack to attack a private citizen because he is critical of APD performance is not at all appropriate nor is it cyberbullying as Medina proclaims. Gilbert and Medina have a real  warped understanding of the concept of “to protect and serve”.

The one APD tweet that generated controversy came in July after the death of a 15-year-old boy caught in a SWAT standoff in a home that later caught fire. Some used Twitter to blame the police for the boy’s “murder.” In response, APD tweeted:

“Didn’t know a fire could murder someone.”

In that case, APD Chief Medina said he told department spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos to tone it down.  Notwithstanding, Medina stood behind the tweets proclaiming that APD was responding to what he deemed “inaccuracies.”

Mayor Tim Keller voiced no problem with the confrontational tweets and said this:

“APD has its own social media policy. … We support their efforts to push back on misinformation on social media.”

EDITOR’S COMMENTARY:  There is no legitimate reason to allow APD to have its own social media policy other than allowing it to say what it wants and to attack who they want on social media. If anything, APD should not be allowed to post on FACEBOOK or  TWITTER without the post  being reviewed by a city attorney to ensure it conforms to city policy and does not violate the laws of libel and slander.

City councilors Louie Sanchez and Pat Davis are both former police officers. Sanchez is a retired APD Officer and Davis is a former UNM and Washington DC police officer. They  demanded that APD  toned down their tweets.     Councilor Louie Sanchez said this:

“The department thinks that harassing and intimidating people is community policing; they’re on the wrong path.” 





On March 22, KOAT TV Target 7 Investigation reported for a second time that APD’s nasty little tweets were continuing from Public Information Officer flack Gilbert Gallegos and that he had reach a new low.  This time the tweets poked fun at former APD Chief Michael Geier and rumored dementia as well as crime in affluent Tanoan.

EDITOR’S SIDEBAR: Least anyone forgets, former APD Chief Geier was forced to retire on September 10, 2020, some would say terminated, by Mayor Tim Keller and replaced him with APD Chief Harold Medina.  It was  Geier who recruited Medina to return to APD as a Deputy Chief of Field Services. A few days after Geier “retired” it was revealed that Geier was indeed forced out by Mayor Tim Keller.  Chief Geier was summoned to a city park by Mayor Tim Keller during the September 5 Labor Day Holiday weekend where Geier was told that his services were no longer needed. It was also revealed then First Deputy Chief Harold Medina helped orchestrate Geier’s removal. He did so  with the help of  then CAO Sarita Nair.   Medina became insubordinate to Geier and learning Geier was going to take disciplinary action against him and demote and transfer him, Medina struck back.   Geier also hired Gilbert Gallegos as an APD Spokesman and Gallegos was a Medina loyalist.  As soon as Gieir left, Gallegos and Medina both unleashed a torrent of criticism of Chief Geier blaming him for all of APD’s mismanagement all the while Medina himself refused to take any  responsibility for any of his mismanagement as Deputy Chief of the Field Services.

The latest TWITTER exchange began on  March 16, 2023 when APD held a press conference to release the city’s  2022 crime statistics  and announced  that property crime had dropped 40%.  Former APD officer and now private attorney Tom Grover who represents former APD Chief Michael Geier  posted a response on TWITTER to APD’s statistics.

Grover posted this about the crime stats:

“or another way to look at this is under Chief Geier there was a 23% drop in property crime while under @abqpolicechief there was only 12%”

APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallego’s responded to Grover’s post on TWITTER saying this:

ask your client who is responsible for lower property crime? Oh wait, he probably isn’t aware.”

In an interview with Target 7, Grover said this about APD’s TWEET:

“There’s been this really disgusting theory that somehow Chief Geier has dementia or pre-onset Alzheimer’s and that he was forgetful on certain occasions. … They’re just these grotesque aspersions towards the chief. He [Gilbert Gallegos]  was making fun and he was acting in a manner totally inconsistent with what we would expect from the largest law enforcement agency in the state.”

On the same day APD released the city’s crime stats, downtown property owner Doug Peterson tweeted that the crime stats released by Gilbert an “absolute joke.”

APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallego’s responded to Peterson’s TWEET by posting “how’s crime in Tanoan” referring to the affluent gated community

KOAT Target 7 contacted former Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White, who was also an APD police officer, and asked him about the APD Tanoan TWEET and APDs policy of “pushing back” on social media .  After seeing the APD TWEET, White said this:

I don’t think the family of James Hogan who was murdered in a home invasion in Tanoan would think this tweet is funny. … Which I felt was completely insensitive. …  Pointing out the failures of the mayor and the chief is not misinformation. It’s just criticism.  You’re going to be criticized no matter what you do, good or bad. There are always going to be people that criticize you. And that’s just part of the game.”

Target 7 reached out to the mayor’s office and specifically asked if the mayor condoned tweets that were reportedly making light of someone’s alleged medical condition and crime in an affluent neighborhood. A spokeswoman for Mayor Keller said in an email:

“As stated previously, we support the department in their efforts to push back against misinformation on social media.”


APD Chief Harold Medina’s and APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallego’s social media attacks have not been confined to private citizens that may have legitimate complaints against APD and its job performance. They have been known to go after the courts on social media and level sharp criticism to court rulings attacking and degrading judges for decisions they have rendered and that they disagree with.


In March, 2022, Defendant Adrian Avila was accused  and arrested for allegedly killing 2 people in two separate Albuquerque shootings that occurred 6 months apart. The first is an August 2020 case where a teen was killed during a gun robbery. The second is a February 2021 case where a man was killed in front of his home by his brother’s kidnappers.

Under the law, the prosecution has the burden of proof to make the case that a defendant charged with a violent crime is too dangerous to release from jail pending trial. After an evidentiary hearing, 2nd Judicial District Judge Stanley Whitaker ruled that prosecutors had credible evidence to charge Adrian Avila for the crimes, but prosecutors did not prove “no conditions of release could protect the community.”

Second Judicial District Judge Stan Whitaker granted Avila’s release on strict conditions, including GPS monitoring and a curfew. In addition to wearing a GPS ankle monitor, Whitaker ordered that Avila remain under house arrest and be allowed to leave his mother’s home only to attend a charter high school and for educational purposes. Judge Whitaker’s decision to release Adrian Avila on house arrest with a GPS monitor pending trial drew immediate vilification from APD Chief Harold Medina. APD Spokesman flack  Gilbert Gallegos followed Medina’s lead and on  social media  vilifief the court’s decision.

APD Chief Harold Medina said this in a TV interview:

“These people are accused of killing somebody and we’re counting on an ankle bracelet to protect the community. … [Adrain Avila is] at the root of gun violence. … [His release is] ridiculous.”

The link to the news interview is here:


On Thursday, March 22, at 2:07 pm,  public relations flack Gilbert Gallegos posted on APD’s official FACEBOOK page a photo of Defendant Adrian Avila with the following post:

“A judge released a murder suspect from jail today on an ankle monitor. Adrian Avila is charged for 2 separate murders. Think about that. Two murders. This suspect is at the root of the gun violence we’re seeing in Albuquerque and the record number of homicides.  Our officers and detectives are doing everything possible to investigate and arrest the people who are terrorizing our neighborhoods committing robberies and homicides with stolen guns. At the same time, we are getting reports of violent suspects cutting off their ankle monitors and left to roam the streets until we re-arrest them. This is beyond upsetting. This jeopardizes the safety of our community, including our officers.”

On March 22,  Gallegos posted on APD’s  TWITTER account a photo of Defendant Adrian Avila with part of the same text:

“A judge released a murder suspect from jail today on an ankle monitor. Adrian Avila is charged for 2 separate murders. Think about that. Two murders. This suspect is at the root of the gun violence we’re seeing in Albuquerque and the record number of homicides.”

Gsllegos also posted a follow up TWEET:

“This is beyond upsetting. This jeopardizes the safety of our community, including our officers.”


As a result of the posts, APD’s FACEBOOK page was inundated with over 2,200 overwhelmingly “angry emoji” reactions, over 1,900 shares and over 718 comments. The overwhelming majority of the comments were negative, derogatory and personal attacks on  Judge Stan Whitiker.

Below are just a few of the posted public comments on the judge:

Judges who release dangerous criminals need to be held accountable if they commit any crimes!

Yep… that’s New Mexico for you. The criminals have more rights than law abiding citizens.

As a community we need to band together and victims of the crimes of these criminals need to start suing the judges and metro court for releasing them into our community this is ridiculous already

What a slap in the face for the family, friends & law enforcement that have all done their jobs. I’ve lost all faith in the judicial system.

Chief Harold Medina needs to be in the judge’s chambers in front of judge Stan Whitaker and DEMAND answers. How can we hold the criminals accountable when the judge’s themselves aren’t held accountable?

So agreed!!! Unbelievable to see these judges that are a contributing reason for the high crime rate. You officers risk your lives and these judges pour more gasoline on the fire, called crime. I thank you for all you do, and wish we could hold these judges accountable for what do or don’t do!!!

These judges be smoking crack! Jail for life is where people like this need to be. Streets are not safe anymore. AlbuCrazy!!!

That judge should be arrested next.

The fact that this was posted by the APD says alot… I’m sure they are tired of beating the same dam dead horse too. Risking their lives to bring these people in just to have them released.

Y’all need to be in that judge’s chambers asking why. No excuse for that and until we hold judges accountable when they think they are God we’ll see no improvement

So glad we live in a safe city with murders going free!

The people will eventually get tired and start taking them out them self

Expose these judges. Make the public aware of their decisions individually.

This creep committed multiple other crimes and hasn’t been charged! If he had been disciplined in 2018 when he carjacked our boys, maybe these other families would not have had to bury their children. The entire system is a mess!!!

The judges should be the ones to sit and listen to the families of lost family members to gun violence! How many bodies are needed for these “judges” to snap!!?

The judges only care about the criminals they don’t care about y’all or us

Get rid of the judges.

Our justice system is so irresponsible and culpable. These judges are putting us all in danger, including our law enforcement officers, and the police are frustrated because their hands are basically tied. God help us all!!!

What would one of these judges do if one of their family members were murdered? They’d make certain the criminal was not released into the public.

You guys should promote people carrying firearms since the left is already against you guys might as well get the more triggered.

Hopes someone will take care of him.

Someone needs to handle that judge. We’ r Nuevo Mexico.

People like him are the reason why abortion should stay legal, it’s a real shame he didn’t meet the business end of a coat hanger or at the very least have the courtesy to take themselves out lol

Obviously, this judge is a friend of his family. This kind of corruption needs to stop.


Criminal defense Attorney Ahmad Assed, who represents Adrian Avila said it was not the law that  failed but law enforcement and the prosecutors who have failed to prove their case and that his client is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Assed argued in his response to the prosecution motions to detain pending trial that the prosecution’s evidence against Avila in the August 2020 homicide was circumstantial evidence and based largely on cellphone and Snapchat account records that did not reliably establish his involvement. In other words, there was no direct evidence such as eyewitness testimony nor forensic evidence such as fingerprints and ballistic testing linking him to the crime.

Assed said this about his client:

“[My client has] no criminal history, no history of failure to appears, he’s got a family that he’s associated with that are law-abiding citizens, hard-working folks, he reached out to law enforcement and sought out the turn-in on his own, and quite frankly conditions have never been in place where we can say he’s ever violated conditions of the court. … We don’t decide cases based on innuendo and DA’s closing arguments geared toward the eye of the media. That was the whole deal today, was just those notion of a closing argument or opening statement for the media’s purposes. It’s not for the court or the judge to discuss the details of the case. The judge must follow the law, and the law clearly requires the state to act. If the state does not act, and in this case, the state did not act, the court must follow the law.”

With respect to Chief Medina, attorney Assed said Medina’s comments were “irresponsible and reckless” statements having the potential to poison a jury pool and raise questions about APD’s ability to investigate crimes objectively and he said this:

“It’s outrageous for Albuquerque’s chief law enforcement officer, who wasn’t even at the hearing, to make a knee-jerk comment that is purely reactionary and pandering.”

Attorney Assed added that Chef Medina and he personally negotiated Avila’s surrender to APD. There was no disclosure if Medina ever asked Assad that his client be held in jail pending trial, yet Medina objects when a judge makes a finding that there was insufficient evidence to hold the accused in jail pending trial.



APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos was asked why Medina believed Avila was the root of gun violence. In response, Gallegos said there is probable cause to believe Adrian Avila committed 2 homicides, and the community has a right to be concerned about the release of someone who faces such serious charges. Gallegos in a statement wrote:

“Mr. Assed is entitled to his opinion. He is a defense attorney and he is understandably concerned about the murder charges against his client. … Chief Medina is focused on the safety of the community and getting justice for the murder victims and their families.”



On March 24, 2022, Ahmad Assed, the attorney for Attorney for Adrian Avila wrote a demand letter to Mayor Tim Keller demanding a retraction of the APD FACEBOOK posts and statements made by APD Chief Harold Medina on the subject of Mr. Avila’s pretrial release. The letter state’s Medina’s inflammatory statements were distributed widely through APD’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, and that the statements constituted libel subjecting the City of Albuquerque, APD, and Chief Medina to suit under the New Mexico Tort Claims Act.

The Assad letter is remarkable in its content and scope and states in part as follows:

“According to APD’s Facebook page, [the FACEBOOK post] was shared approximately 1,800 times. Some comments … advocated for “street justice” against Mr. Avila, which can only be interpreted as calls for violence against a young man, presumed to be innocent, who had proven to the court that there are a set of conditions that that can keep the community and other people safe while he is on release. This is consistent with the law that governs pretrial release. …

While public officials are generally not liable for torts committed in the scope of their duties … [my client] contends that that these reckless statements expose the City, APD, and Chief Medina to liability under an exception to the [Tort Claims Act] …

“The immunity granted [to law enforcement]  … does not apply to liability for personal injury, bodily injury, wrongful death or property damage resulting from assault, battery, false imprisonment, false arrest, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, libel, slander, defamation of character, violation of property rights, the independent tort of negligent spoliation of evidence or the independent tort of intentional spoliation of evidence, failure to comply with duties established pursuant to statute or law or any other deprivation of any rights, privileges or immunities secured by the constitution and laws of the United States or New Mexico when caused by law enforcement officers while acting within the scope of their duties.”
… .
According to the City’s data, crimes against persons in Albuquerque have been steadily rising since 2018. … It is patently false to accuse Mr. Avila of being “the reason for” gun violence in Albuquerque. It is clearly libelous and falls squarely within those acts for which government officials are subject to the [Tort Claims ACT]
… .

[Chief Medina’s] statements affect Mr. Avila’s reputation, and expose him to hatred, contempt, ridicule, and degradation or disgrace. … . [T]these libelous statements subject not only Mr. Avila, but his family, to grave danger during the pendency of this case.

Finally, and perhaps most troubling, Chief Medina’s statements demonstrate a total disregard for the presumption of innocence that Mr. Avila, and every accused, enjoy while pending trial.

If APD is so quick to callously ignore the most fundamental right of defendants, it is evidence that APD cannot be trusted to protect the many other fundamental rights afforded to suspects and defendants by the United States Constitution. This behavior is precisely of the sort that has subjected APD to intense scrutiny for more than a decade.

APD must retract this statement, not only because it subjects itself to legal consequences otherwise, but also in the interest of preserving public confidence in its ability to protect our community.

You can review the entire unedited Assad letter at this link:



There is no doubt that APD Chief Harold Medina and his APD Public Information flack Gilbert Gallegos know exactly what they are  doing with their social media propaganda releases attacking private citizens and judges. They are both taking it to an all-time low level.  They know damn well their social media posts generate extreme hostility and mistrust towards private citizens and judges by those who support APD and we have a Mayor who is allowing them to get away with it.

The condescending drivel and very dismissive remarks by APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallego’s questioning the motives of private citizens, private attorneys and also attacking judges for their decisions is dangerous.   It’s the dangerous drivel coming from APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos and Chief Medina that reflect what is so very, very wrong with APD on so many levels.

A citizen who has what they believe are legitimate complaints about APD does not mean APD has the right to vilify them or take issue with them and just presume that what they say is  inaccurate requiring a public “push back”. It does not mean APD has the right to engage in libel and slander nor violate people’s first amendment rights of free speech nor for that matter due process of law when it comes to the criminally charged.


From a public information standpoint, there is no problem with law enforcement giving interviews and posting on social media information regarding law enforcement initiatives, the status of an investigation and even arrests. However, when it comes to pending criminal prosecutions, APD has no business posting on social media anything that will jeopardize the successful prosecution of a case and anything that vilifies a judge who must decide that case.  Medina and APD posting on social media to express “opinions” regarding a judge’s decision to release a defendant pending trial was irresponsible hyperbole to inflame the public against the court and in a real sense it placed a judge in harm’s way.

Chief Medina and APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos also have a warped  misunderstanding of their role when it comes to dealing with the general public and processing citizens’ complaints and talking to citizens in general.  Their attitude as reflected by the TWIITER posts is that unless you agree with APD and all of its actions, you are “anti cop” and you are a “cop hater”.  Chief Medina and APD Spokesman Gallegos taking to social media to respond to what’s posted on a public forum that they personally disagree is irresponsible and it is dangerous and eventually it going to get someone hurt.

It’s a practice Mayor Tim Keller should not tolerate from his Chief let alone a public relations flack like Gilbert Gallegos as APD spokesperson. Mayor Tim Keller should tell both his Chief and the APD Spokesperson to tone it down and show more respect to the public that they are supposed to “serve and protect” not “vilify and slander.”

Keller should also rescind APD’s social media policy and instruct the city attorney’s office to review and approve all of  APD’s social media posts to ensure that its not engaging in libel and slander of private citizens.

The link to a related blog article is here:


Application Withdrawn For Safe Outdoor Space For Woman Who Are Victims Of Sex Trafficking After City Hearing Officer Grants Appeal; SOS Applicants Threaten To Keep On Trying; City Council Should Prohibit Use Of City Owned Open Space Property For Any Safe Outdoor Space 

Dawn Legacy Pointe has withdrawn its application for a Safe Outdoor Space for a city sanctioned homeless encampment to house 50 woman who are victims of sex trafficking in tents near the Big I on Menaul. A “Safe Outdoor Space” is defined as a lot, or a portion of a lot, developed to permit homeless encampments with 40 designated spaces for tents, allowing  upwards of 50 people, require hand washing stations, toilets and showers, and  require a management plan, fencing and social services offered.

The application withdrawal comes after a March 16 appeal decision by City Land Use Hearing Officer Steven M. Chavez granting the appeal of 7 organizations. Appealing the Planning Department decision were the Santa Barbara-Martineztown Neighborhood Association; Crowne Plaza hotel; LifeRoots Inc.; Sunset Memorial Park, Greater Albuquerque Hotel and Lodging Association; Menaul School; and Albuquerque Hotel Project. The SOS would be a tent  encampment for 50 homeless woman who are victims of sex trafficking. The postscript to this blog article contains a short history of the appeal and the grounds for the appeal.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Private Attorney at Law Pete Dinelli  assisted  pro bono with the writing of the Santa Barbara Martineztown Neighborhood Association appeal of the Dawn Legacy application for a Safe Outdoor Space on Menaul and has reported on www.PeteDienlli.com  the activities of Mayor Tim Keller and the  City Council on their efforts to enact and include the permissive zoning use Safe Outdoor Spaces in in Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO).

City Land Use Hearing Officer Steven M. Chavez ruling was not final and it was referred to the City Council with the recommendation that the council reverse the Planning Deparments approval of the permissive land use. Under the Integrated Development Ordinance, the city council has the ultimate and final authority over all land use applications with the Mayor having no veto authority. The City Council is scheduled to act on the hearing officer’s recommendations at its until April 3 meeting week, but that will now likely be cancelled.


The city Planning Department’s  approval of the  Dawn Legacy Pointe’s application was one of the most divisive decisions not only for the actual location of the SOS but for the manner in which it was approved in the first place by the Keller Administration. The application was approved behind closed doors, the Keller Administration gave preferential treatment to the applicant including identifying city owned property and committing financial resources and not giving adjacent property owners notice of the application.  The 7 appellants  argued  the SOS would detrimentally impact the area.  Dawn Legacy Pointe submitted a very defective application.

The hearing officer found that 3 of the 7 appeals should be dismissed for “lack of standing”, meaning  a condition that a party seeking a legal remedy must show to bring a claim, finding the appellants were not close enough to the proposed SOS  and  could not make “a rational, clear cause and effect connection of generalized crime with the proposed SOS use not based on conjecture.”  The hearing officer did find that the Dawn Legacy Pointe’s application was seriously defective, incomplete and did not have all the required documents and security plans for review. The hearing officer also found  that the Planning Department’s review process and notice requirement were also defective or deficient.

Last year, the  City Council approved safe outdoor spaces on a 6 to 4 vote. After strong public outcry, City Council Brook Basaan changed her vote and attempted to exclude them.  A 5 vote majority of the City Council now opposes safe outdoor spaces, and the city council on 3 occasions passed legislation to outlaw or otherwise stymie them.  Mayor Tim Keller’s vetoes of the legislation and the council not having the votes to override the veto’s have ensured they remain possible.  Mayor Keller  lacks authority to veto City Council decisions on land-use appeals like the Dawn Legacy Pointe case.


After announcing the withdrawal of the application, Brad Day, a volunteer consultant for Dawn Legacy Pointe, announced defiantly  he plans to submit another application, and perhaps  even more than one,  in an effort to give Albuquerque’s homeless population new options. Day said this about future applications:

“We’re not going to stop until we start making some dents in this homeless problem. … We will make sure there is no question that all the documents are there,  more than enough.”

Day declined to not say for sure if the next application would be for the same site, said it was a possibility, but he is looking also at other locations. He declined to identify the other sites.  The City did not say if it intended to continue to offer the city owned Menaul property to be used for a Safe Outdoor Space.

The links to quoted news source materials are here:



In addition to the Dawn Legacy Pointe plan to establish and operate a “Safe Outdoor Space” at 1250 Menaul Blvd, NE to provide a tent encampment for 50 women who are homeless and who are “sex-trafficking victims”, the city’s Solid Waste Department wants to use 1 of the 2 adjoining city owned parcels  of land for a garbage transfer station.  The transfer station would allow individual city trash trucks to drop off their loads so larger vehicles could then transport the garbage to the landfill. It has been reported that while the city  has looked at other sites for the garbage transfer station, the Menaul property is the only location currently under consideration.


In February and March the Albuquerque Development Commission and the Albuquerque City Council respectively approved Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area (MRA).  The newly created MRA is directly East on Menaul and borders the freeway and the Dawn Legacy Point SOS area. The Menaul Boulevard corridor is characterized by its important role within the economy of Albuquerque. The area is well located and central to the city with access to both Interstate 40 (I40) and Interstate 25 (I25) and in close proximity to the rail lines and the airport. There are stable and well-established neighborhoods to the north.


It’s a damn shame that Mayor Tim Keller and his Administration have pushed as aggressively as they have in establishing Safe Outdoor Spaces.  Keller and his administration have put the public through the emotional wringer by requiring residents, businesses and neighborhood associations to file appeals, spend enormous amounts of time and energy, attorney fees and emotional capital to stop safe out door spaces.  This is all because of Mayor Keller refuses to listen to people. He has the attitude of “let the public be damned”  and “I know what best for my city”. This is not the way government is suppose to work and its not Keller’s City as he runs around with a smile on his face and a grin in his voice telling everyone he knows what’s best for our neighborhoods.

The threat by Brad Day and  Dawn Legacy Pointe that they intend submit other applications for Safe Outdoor Spaces need to be taken seriously by the city, neighborhood associations  and businesses. The City Council has already approved amendments to the Integrated Development Ordinance that allows 2 Safe Outdoor Spaces for each of the 9 city council districts for a total of 18. Two applications have already been approved, one at the city owned property  westside shelter and one at the “Coming Home” unhoused facility on Candelaria.

Now that Dawn Legacy Pointe has withdrawn its application for a Safe Outdoor Space, the Keller Administration needs to withdraw immediately the availability of the city owned lots at 1250 Menaul Blvd, NE for any Safe Outdoor Spaces.  The City Council needs act immediately and enact legislation that prevents the city from making available for safe outdoor spaces any city owned open space zoned for industrial, commercial or residential use.


Safe Outdoor Spaces have been one of the most divisive issues in the city for the last full year. Safe Outdoor Space city sanctioned homeless encampments are not just an issue of “not in my back yard,” but one of legitimate anger and mistrust by the public against city elected officials and department employees who have mishandled the city’s homeless crisis and who are determined to allow them despite strong public opposition. The general public has legitimate concerns that Safe Outdoor Space homeless tent encampments will become crime-infested nuisances, such was the case with Coronado Park, another Tim Keller bright idea. The homeless crisis will not be solved by the city but must be managed with permanent housing assistance and service programs, not nuisance tent encampments. City residents and businesses need to be vigilant.

The Planning Department and the  Family and Community Services Department went out of their way to give preferential treatment and financial aid to the Dawn Legacy  applicants for a Safe Outdoor Space for unhoused woman who are “sex-trafficking victims”. Never mind the fact that victims of sex trafficking need stable and permanent housing and services and placing such women in tents to live is very degrading and revictimizes them again.

It was  Mayor Tim  Keller who on April 1, 2022 first advocated  for “Safe Outdoor Spaces” by sneaking  $950,000 in his 2022 general fund budget for them. The City Council haplessly agreed  to  Safe Outdoor Spaces zoning amendments and then reversed course after public outcry and anger.  Three times the City Council attempted  to exclude them but they  failed with Keller vetoing the city council measures.

Only in the screwed up “Burque World” of Mayor Tim Keller can it be imagined that 2 adjoining lots of prime commercial property own by the city worth upwards of $7 million would be used for a Safe Outdoor Space  for  a tent encampment for women who are “sex-trafficking victims” and then the city would  construct and run  a “garbage transfer station” next to it and approve a Metropolitan Redevelopment area.  As has been originally proposed both the Safe Outdoor Space and the Solid Waste Transfer station would literally border on the West of the Menaul Metropolitan Redevelopment Area. The optics are so very representative of the kind of failed Mayor Tim Keller has become and how messed up he operates and thinks.




It was on Friday, March 16, in a  48 page decision, that City Land Use Hearing Officer Steven M. Chavez granted the appeal of 7 organizations to stop the City and the charitable organization  Dawn Legacy Pointe  from constructing a Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) on two city own lots located at 1250 Menaul Blvd. NE.

It was on September 28, 2022 after an appeal hearing  that Land Use Hearing Officer Steven M. Chavez sent back to the Planning Department  the original Dawn Legacy Pointe application, The hearing officer ordered   the City to give legal notice to adjacent property owners and hold a  hearing on the application.  The City Planning Department had originally granted the Dawn Legacy application for the SOS behind closed doors without giving notice to surrounding property owners, neighborhood associations and businesses as require by law. The Planning Department held no public hearing on the application and   the Family Community Services Department gave Dawn Legacy assistance in identifying city property for the SOS, assisted with its design and with the application and agreed to provide funding.

On December 22, 2022   the Planning Department  granted for a second time approval for Safe Outdoor Space (SOS)  on  the city owned lots  at 1250 Menaul Blvd, NE.   The proposed Legacy Point Safe Outdoor Space is within walking distance of Menaul School, across the street from the T-Mobile Call Center and a Quality Inn & Suites, it borders Sunset Memorial Park and one block Carrington College and two apartment complexes and immediately East of the Freeway is the massive TA Travel Truck which is known in law enforcement circles for prostitution and illicit drug activity. Immediate south of the truck stop on University Blvd is the Crown Plaza Hotel


The Santa Barbara-Martineztown Neighborhood Association outlined the major  rounds for their appeal which  are worth noting:

1. The City Planning Department failed to follow City policies, procedures, and regulations required for the approval of the Safe Outdoor Spaces and applications for “special use” or “conditional use” zoning.

2. The city planning department “fast tracked” the Dawn Legacy application to approve the application just 8 days before the City Council could repeal the Safe Outdoor Space amendment on August 16 thereby acting in bad faith and to the determent of other property owners and businesses in the area.

 3. The City of Albuquerque Planning Department unilaterally decided to review and grant the Dawn Legacy Point application behind closed doors without any public input, without notice to adjacent and surrounding property owners and without any public hearings.

 4. The City of Albuquerque failed to notify the SBMTNA of the Safe Outdoor Space application filed by Dawn Legacy Pointe for 1250 Menaul NE and failed to allow input thereby denying the association due process.

 5. The City Planning Department gave preferential treatment to the Dawn Legacy applicants by working with the applicants to identify city property to be used for a Safe Outdoor Space  with the City Family and Community Services Depart agreeing to fund operating costs, with both city departments not affording other potential applicants the same opportunity.

 6. The city council failed to enact operating procedures for Safe Outdoor Space encampments and failed to provide direction to the City departments charged with approving or disapproving Safe Outdoor Spaces applications and allowed approvals to be made without any kind of objective, standards-based decision-making process.

7. Dawn Legacy submitted a plagiarized operating procedure of a nonprofit unsanctioned encampment in another city and the City accepted those operating procedures.

8. The security plan offered Dawn Legacy Pointe and approved by the city for the homeless camp is defective and insufficient for the campsite to ensure safety of the tenants.

9. The City of Albuquerque Planning Department and the Solid Waste Department  knowingly allow ed  the establishment of a public nuisance in the form of a Safe Outdoor Space in the Martinez Town Santa Barbara Neighborhood. The Planning Departments actions are tantamount to the City allowing Coronado Park to become the city’s DeFacto city sanctioned homeless encampment in violation of the city’s own public nuisance law and city ordinances.

 10. The City of Albuquerque Planning Department did nothing to provide processes for development decision of 1250 Menaul NE to ensure a balance of the interests of the City, property owners, residents, and developers and ensure opportunities for input by affected parties.

 11. The operation and existence of a Safe Outdoor Space encampment at 1250 Menaul NE  have had  a determental impact on the Martinez Town Santa Barbara neighborhood and will adversely affect property values and interfer with residence peaceful use and enjoyment of their residential properties.

12. The encampment as proposed for 1205 Menaul, NE will become a magnet for crime and prostitution, or illicit drug trade given that it is in close proximity to a truck stop known for prostitution and illicit drug activity amongst law enforcement.

13.  The location is directly across the street from a major call center and a Quality Inn & Suites and within walking distance of Menaul Boarding School and apartments. Occupants of the Safe Outdoor spaces are not confined and are free to go and come as they please and will  easily wind up uninvited wherever they want to go, including the truck stop, and disrupt the peaceful use and enjoyment at any one of those locations or engage in illicit activity themselves.


In addition to the above grounds for the appeal offered by the Santa Barbara-Martineztown Neighborhood Association, other appellants have alleged their own unique argument againsts the Dawn Legacy Point Safe Outdoor Space.  Those argument includeD the following:

Menaul  School argued that the safety of their students will be placed in jeopardy by the encampment and that the encampment will attract other homeless to school grounds. The school  said uninvited homeless have already been on the school grounds resulting in security measures taken,

Sunset Memorial Park argued that it is already experiencing unacceptable  trespassing of the homeless requiring increasing security and cleanup efforts. Homeless have been reported trespassing on the cemetery grounds using fountains for bathing and defecating and interfering with burial ceremonies.  The cemetery believes that the Dawn Legacy Point Safe Outdoor Space will contribute to the problem.

The Crown Plaza reported an unacceptable number of the homeless have  accosted its clientele in its parking lot and on hotel property and that the Safe Outdoor Space will attract more homeless to the area or its  occupants to the motel soliciting from the hotel clientele.


Mayor Tim Keller, All 9 City Councilors And Government Employees Block Constituent Emails; “Black Balling” Reflects Lengths City Hall Goes To Stifle Critics And Violate Rights Of Free Speech And Press; Unanswered Questions  

This blog article reveals the lengths Mayor Tim Keller, all 9 Albuquerque City Councilors and city hall employees have gone to stifle critics or simply ignore what is said about their actions, votes and policies. Blocking of emails is occurring at city hall when citizens express their feelings on hot-button issues or disagree politically or personally with an elected official. It’s an affront to democracy by suppressing free speech and the press.  As elected officials, they want to pick or exclude who they want to hear from on issues and policies and who they want to get email from.


www.PeteDinelli.com is a News and Commentary political blog that began publishing on October 27, 2016.  Over the last 6 years 1,662 blog articles  written by Pete Dinelli have been published.  According to the blog’s tabulator maintained by a paid administrator, the blog articles average between 75,000 to 80,000  total views and reads a year.  The blog itself is a hobby in retirement.  There is no advertising, it does not generate income and is written as a community service.  Dinelli Blog articles are first published separately at www.PeteDinelli.com and then posted separately on FACEBOOK. Blog article titles and links to them are emailed to others.

The goal is to make blog articles informative and insightful based on research and to propose solutions to problems identified.  Past blog articles have been on topics such as the Department Of Justice Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA), federal court hearings on the CASA, the criminal justice system, the minimum wage, mandatory sick leave, public finance campaigns, economic development, abortion rights, gun control, the unhoused, economic development, municipal and state elections, the New Mexico State legislature and city, state and national news and politics.  The articles contain links to research materials and news articles followed by “Commentary and Analysis” where solutions are proposed.  Every effort is made to avoid politcal gossip.

Dinelli blog articles reporting on the Department Of Justice Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA), the federal court status conference hearings and the Federal Monitor’s reports have been emailed to the Federal Court and the parties to the lawsuit.  The court has docketed the blog articles in the court record as public comment  and as such  they  are part of the case public record . The articles have been emailed with the titles of the article and links to them  to the APD Command Staff,  City Attorney, the  Mayor and City Councilors and were never returned as undelivered.  A link to a blog article listing blog articles is here:


Ever since publication began, the blog article titles and links have been emailed to elected city, county and state officials and appointed officials with the hope that they would read the articles. The News and Commentary section is offered to state a position, stimulate discussion and debate and offer solutions.  I submit guest opinion columns to the Albuquerque Journal and the online news agency “The New Mexico Sun” on a regular basis which have been published by those news outlets.


On Wednesday, March 22, the following blog article with its link was published:

“City Pays Obscene Millions Of Overtime To Select Few First Responders Despite Repeated Scandals Of Paying 2 and 3 Times Base Pay;  $34,380 Bonus And Longevity Pay To  19  Year Cop Veterans; An In Depth Review Of The 4 Year History Of Overtime Abuse Allowed By Hapless Mayor Tim Keller And City Council”


The March 22 blog article title and link was emailed to Mayor Tim Keller, the City Councilors,  Department Directors, including APD and the Fire Department and support staff and all 9 Albuquerque City Councilors and their support staff. None of the emails were returned as undeliverable nor blocked. The blog article likely  hit a major nerve because individual salaries and names were given of Department heads and city employees, all of which is public record and found on a city web page listing the top 250 wage earners at city hall.

On Thursday, March 23,  the following blog article was published:

“APD Chief Harold Medina Embellishes City’s “Slight”  Decline In Crime Rates Claiming APD Fighting “Perception Of Crime”;  Reality Is ABQ Has Become Violent City; “Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure” And Programs Fail”


Within 15 minutes of sending the March 23 email with the blog article title and link, 108 emails ostensibly sent by the City of Albuquerque Information Technology (IT) Department were received by Pete Dinelli on his private AOL email account.  Each email received stated:

“Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.<ADDRESS OF RECIPIENT [containing name of city employee]>: …  < ADDRESS OF RECIPIENT>: Recipient address rejected: BLOCK-SENDER”

 The postscript to this blog article lists the individual email addresses from which returns were sent stating “Recipient address rejected: BLOCK-SENDER”


Other emails were sent to determine the extent to which Dinelli emails have been blocked by city employees.  It has been determined that at least 251  city employees have had their email addresses block Dinelli emails and each again contained the following:

“Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address. <ADDRESS OF RECIPIENT [containing name of city employee]>: …  < ADDRESS OF RECIPIENT>: Recipient address rejected: BLOCK-SENDER”

The 251 emails are  from the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, the Internal Audit Department, the Albuquerque Police Department, the Fire and Rescue Department, the Family and Community Services Department and  the Planning Department.  APD staff that have blocked include the APD Chief, the Deputy Chiefs, Area Commanders and Captains. The Chief and Deputy Chiefs of the Fire and Rescue Department have also blocked.  The Internal Audit Department has also blocked.

Telephone contact has been made with various city hall employees listed below in the postscript.  Those contacted have advised that they were unaware that their emails are blocking Dinelli emails.


Dinelli emails were sent with the intent to comment upon and to make part of the record opinions on the activities of the mayor, all the city councilors, department and the official business of the city.  It is protected free speech.

Because of the swift rejection and notification  from 251  city hall employees, one immediately received right after another, it is clear the emails sent were rejected all at once by the City’s Information Technology (IT) Department.  What is also abundantly clear is that there has been a city-wide blocking that is systemic. Telephone contact was  made with city hall  sources  and they confirmed  that they  were unaware, not told and had not asked  that Dinelli emails be blocked.

It is painfully obvious that a direct order was given by someone within the Keller Administration to block all Pete Dinelli emails sent to the mayor, all 9 city councilors and their appointees,  support staff and departments.  An order to block was likely given because of recent blog articles that have been critical of Mayor Tim Keller, his administration and the City Council, none of whom want to hear from any critic.


The Dinelli blog is clearly marked “NEWS AND COMMENTARY” and as such it is no different than any other on-line news outlet. City Councilor Pat Davis owns 3 such news outlets, yet he has blocked Dinelli emails distributing the Dinelli news and commentary articles. The Albuquerque Journal and all 3 local TV news agencies would under no circumstances tolerate such blockage of their reporters and would consider it an affront of first amendment rights and the right of “free speech” and “freedom of the press”.

It’s likely the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a position on government blocking of emails seeing that it has already opined that elected officials cannot block on social media posts of critics, something Mayor Keller is known to have done on his FACEBOOK page.  The ACLU has said that public officials can block on social media comments NOT protected by the First Amendment, such as remarks that make a true and immediate threat to another person, incite others to imminently violate the law, or contain obscene language as outlined by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, comments that  criticize the elected official or government agency on a particular subject are allowed and cannot be deleted or blocked.  It is more likely than not that Federal  Courts would rule that government officials cannot block emails from  private citizens or the press that are protected free speech and sent in the regular course of business.

Court Rules Public Officials Can’t Block Critics on Facebook



Recent Dinelli blog articles over the last few months have included articles that have opposed Mayor Tim Keller’s initiatives, individual City Councilors sponsored legislation, actions and votes, APD Chief Harold Medina and APD Spokesperson Gilbert Gallegos, Mayor Tim Keller’s “Housing Forward ABQ Plan” and city hall salaries and overtime pay abuses.   Articles have been published opposing Safe Outdoor Spaces for the unhoused and proposed zoning changes to allow casitas and two-family home additions in all areas of the City.

I assisted privately pro bono with the writing of the Santa Barbara Martineztown Neighborhood Association appeal of the Dawn Legacy application for a Safe Outdoor Space on Menaul with the appeal successful and granted by the hearing officer. It was referred to the City Council who will have the final say.

I have attended 3 city sponsored events on Keller’s “Housing Forward ABQ Plan” and have questioned city staff voicing objections and concerns.  I also took Mayor Keller to task over violating the state anti-donation clause and spending $260,000 to buy artificial turf for a private football team and installing the turf in a Rio Rancho facility.


The blocking of Dinelli emails is so very wrong on too many levels and those levels include the following:

  1. It is considered censorship and a flagrant attempt to stifle free speech and to suppress critics.
  2. It deprives constituents and the public the right to contact their duly elected city officials and public safety officials.
  3. The mass blocking of any  E-Mail that involves city business  constitutes abuse of City Information Technology (IT) System paid for by taxpayers.
  4. E-mail accounts are not the elected official’s property nor the individual employee’s property and they do not have the right of censorship by blocking a person’s emails because they do not want them or do not care to read them.
  5. There is no right of expectation of privacy when it comes to city email accounts. The email addresses are a matter of public record that the public are entitled to access and send communications.
  6. Any citizen who is blocked by APD and Albuquerque Fire and Rescue can be placed into jeopardy unable to make contact by email to report and document incidents.


This is not the first time and attempt has been made to stifle free speech by the city officials and departments.

I have had sharp email exchanges with my own city Councilor and 2 others where we have  disagreed on an issue  and it resulted in all 3  demanding I stop emailing them and they attempted  to block me. I have also sent emails to the city attorney asking for information on pending litigation and never received a response and now have been block by the city attorney.

Every citizen has the right to contact their elected officials and government officials by email and freely complain and voice their opinions, no matter how negative or unfair the elected or government officials feels it is. To block any email sent with the intent that it be received as official business to find out information or express an opinion is politcal retaliation at its core and it needs to stop immediately.

In the not-too-distant past, the on-line news agency ABQ Raw was forced to publicly voice objections over being denied information they were entitled to and it did so at a City Council meeting.


There are 4 major questions that need answering:

  1. How many other emails of private citizens or for that matter of the press or reporters have been blocked by Mayor Keller, the City Council, city employees and Departments?
  2. How many city employees actually requested Dinelli emails be blocked or know that emails are being block without their knowledge or consent?
  3. Did the city IT and at the direction of someone within the Keller Administration solicit or compile a list of city hall employees who received Dinelli emails with the intent to block them?
  4. Who ordered that Dinelli emails be blocked?

These 4 questions cannot be asked by Pete Dinelli if emails are blocked without explanation.  Perhaps someone else or the media who have not been blocked can ask these very questions.



Telephone contact has been made with various city hall employees listed below in this  postscript and they have advised that they were unaware that their emails are blocking Dinelli emails.


MayorKellerIQ@cabq.gov  (Mayor Tim Keller)

tkeller@cabq.gov  (Mayor Tim Keller)

lrael@cabq.gov  (Chief Administrative Officer Lawrence Rael)

sbhakta@cabq.gov (Sanjay Bhakta, City Chief Financial Officer)

aaronnieto@cabq.gov  (Aaron Nieto, Mayor’s Constituent Services Aide)

vvaldez@cabq.gov    (Victor Valdez, Superintendent of Police Reform)

robertwhite@cabq.gov  (Robert M. White, Associate Chief Administrative Officer)

lkeefe@cabq.gov    (Laura Keefe, Albuquerque City Attorney)

cpierce@cabq.gov    (Carol Pierce, Director of Family Community Services)

lisahuval@cabq.gov  (Lisa Huval, Deputy Director of Family Community Services)

avarela@cabq.gov (Alan Varela, Planning Department Director)

aarmijo@cabq.gov  (Alan Armijo, Mayors Office of Constituent Services)

dmartinez@cabq.gov  (Damon Martinez, APD Policy Analyst)

hmedina@cabq.gov  (Harold Medina, APD Police Chief)

gilbertgallegos@cabq.gov  (Gilbert Gallegos, APD Spokesman)


tfiebelkorn@cabq.gov (City Councilor Tammy Fiebelcorn)

ibenton@cabq.gov   (City Councilor Issac Benton)

danlewis@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Dan Lewis)

rgrout@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Renee Grout)

lesanchez@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Louis Sanchez)

patdavis@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Pat Davis)

trudyjones@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Trudy Jones)

kpena@cabq.gov (City Councilor Klarissa Pena)

bbassan@cabq.gov  (City Councilor Brook Basaan)

lrummler@cabq.gov (City Councilor Tammy Fiebelcorn’s Administrative Assistant)





































































































































Following are the email addresses of city employees who have blocked emails from Pete Dinelli  and include employees who work for APD, the Planning Department, the Family and Community Services Department, the City Council and Mayor Keller.  The email addresses of city employees who attended by ZOOM federal court hearings on the CASA and who provided their email addresses to the court are also listed.  The emails addresses were obtained by reviewing city department personnel listings or received in sperate emails: 




































































































2023 Legislature Fails To Pass 8 Out of 10 Gun Control Measures; High Violent Crime And Murder Rates Are “Dramatic Circumstances” Justifying Special Session To Enact Omnibus Violent Crime And Gun Control Act

The 2023 New Mexico 60 day legislative began on January 17 and  came to an abrupt end on March 18 at 12 noon as did the fate of major gun control measures. Upwards of 40 gun control measures were introduced, but only 10 were seriously considered and of those 10, only 2 made it through the session to become law.

When the session began on January 17, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in  her  “State of the State” address  announced  her support of the following 4 gun control measures:

  • Banning the sale of AR-15-style rifles.
  • Allowing crime victims to sue gun manufacturers.
  • Making it a crime to fail to properly secure a firearm that’s accessible to an unsupervised minor.
  • Closing a loophole in state law to allow prosecution when a person buys a gun for a someone who isn’t legally able to make the purchase themselves, a transaction known as a straw purchase.


There were 10 major gun-control measure bills introduced and seriously considered in the New Mexico House or Senate. Those measures were:

House Bill 9 is the Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act also know as “Bennies Bill” make it a misdemeanor to negligently allow a child access to a firearm and would make it a felony if that negligence resulted in someone dying or suffering great bodily harm.

House Bill 50 prohibits magazines with more than 10 rounds.

House Bill 72 prohibits possession of semiautomatic firearm converter that allows the weapon to fire more rapidly.

House Bill 100 would establish a 14-day waiting period for the purchase of any firearm and requires a prospective seller who doesn’t already hold a valid federal firearms license to arrange for someone who does to conduct a federal background check prior to selling a firearm.

House Bill 101 as written would have  made it a fourth-degree felony to purchase, possess, manufacture, import, sell or transfer assault weapons in the state.  It would restrict the sale, manufacture and possession of AR-15-style rifles along with semiautomatic firearms.

House Bill 306 sought  to prevent gun straw purchases, a type of firearm purchase where someone buys a firearm for another person who is legally banned from owning firearms, such as a convicted felon.

Senate Bill 44 would make it a misdemeanor to carry a firearm within 100 feet of a polling location on election day or during early voting. On-duty law enforcement officers and security personnel would be exempt.

Senate Bill 116 would establish a minimum age of 21 for anyone seeking to purchase or possess an automatic firearm, semiautomatic firearm or firearm capable of accepting a large-capacity magazine. The bill would effectively raise the minimum age for buying an AR-15-style rifle from 18 to 21.

Senate Bill 171 sought to ban the manufacture, sale, trade, gift, transfer or acquisition of semiautomatic pistols that have two or more defined characteristics.

Senate Bill 428 would have revised the state’s Unfair Practices Act to target the sale of illegal firearms and parts, allowing the filing of lawsuits to enforce the act.


On March 18,  at the conclusion of the 2023 Legislative Session, only 2 of the 10 bills were enacted by the legislature, only 1 bill has been signed into law by the Governor,  2 advanced through one chamber and  awaited  action in another, 2 awaited action in both chambers and 4  never made it out of any committee.


The following legislation was enacted:

  1. House Bill 9: The bill is referred to as “Bennies Bill”  and makes it a crime to store a firearm in a way that negligently disregards the ability of a minor to access it.  On March 14, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham sign the legislation into law
  2. House Bill 306: Prohibit buying a firearm for another person who is legally banned from purchasing it on their own.


The following legislation advanced through one  chamber but was not voted upon in the second chamber:

  1. Senate Bill 44: Prohibit carrying a firearm within 100 feet of a polling place during an election.
  2. Senate Bill 428: Include firearms in the Unfair Practices Act


The following passed one chamber but was not voted on by the second:

  1. House Bill 100: Establish a 14-day waiting period for the purchase of a firearm
  2. Senate Bill 427: Establish a 14-day waiting period, but with an exception for buyers who have a permit to carry a concealed firearm.


The following bills were referred to a committee but they were never voted  out of committee:

  1. Senate Bill 116: Raise the minimum age to 21 for purchasing or possessing an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
  2. House Bill 101: Prohibit sale or possession of assault weapons and assault weapon attachments.
  3. Senate Bill 428 would include firearms in the Unfair Practices Act
  4. House Bill 50 prohibits magazines with more than 10 rounds.


Although some lawmakers said after the session ended they felt  the 2023 Legislative session  addressed crime, many others said  they were  disappointed.  Disappointed legislators raised the question if the Governor will call a special session to address those crime measures and gun control laws that failed.

On Saturday March 18 during a news conference immediately after the session ended, Governor Lujan Grisham told reports that a special session was not needed this year. The Governor said this:

“I think the public is going to ask me and these Legislatures know, so they’re not surprised by that.  I’ll be asked to look into a public safety special session, and we usually find ourselves it’s an imperfect world where we didn’t anticipate. So the special sessions we have called have been unforeseen and dramatic circumstances.”

Lujan Grisham went on to say we are not  in one of those dramatic circumstances right now.  She highlighted some of the  crime bills that did pass and not all the ones she wanted. Lujan Grisham said this:

“We have about a handful up and out of 40, it’s 10 and not all of those constitute what I consider strong public safety measures.”

Bills that did not pass include bail reform and changes to pretrial detention, both priorities of  Democrat Governor Lujan Grisham and the Republican Party, and both opposed by Democrats in both chambers.

With the session now ended, Republicans are saying not enough was done.  Republican State Representative Andrea Reeb, a former District Attorney, said this:

“I was really disappointed in this session, we basically had a couple criminal bills succeed, that actually would do anything would be in the retail organized crime bill. But other than that, we never addressed pretrial detention and never moved anywhere bail reform, or even punishing our most violent offenders.”  

The governor did say she looks forward to the 30-day session next year to reconsider much of the legislation she wanted but failed this year.  Lujan Grisham said this:

“I know you want me to say that I’m disappointed [with this years session], but I’m motivated. I’m very motivated to find additional ways to make sure we do everything in our power to make our communities, cities, and our state safer.”

The governor did say the only reason she would have called a special session this year is if they weren’t able to pass the medical malpractice fix, but they were able to figure that out before time ran out this year.


Supporters and opponents of all the legislation strenuously advocated their positions often packing committee hearing rooms.  Zac Fort of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association lamented about the extent of the legislation  and he and other opponents of gun legislation said all  the bills would target law-abiding citizens while not deterring crime. Fort said this:

“It’s been bad, but not anywhere near as bad as it could have been.”

Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, said she was grateful that  lawmakers and Lujan Grisham approved the  House Bill 9, the Bennie Hargrove Gun Safety Act and child-access prevention law. She said it passage was the culmination of a five-year campaign.

Viscoli also said that even though legislation did not pass this year, she said  said  she’s confident the governor will add them to the agenda of next year’s 30-day session. Viscoli said this:

“The majority of our gun deaths are suicide and crimes of passion. … That is exactly what [the laws]  will reduce.”



The backdrop to all the proposed gun control measures that were  considered by the 2023 New Mexico legislature are New Mexico’s and Albuquerque’s high crime rates. Every year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) compiles data from police agencies across the nation.  The data has showed New Mexico has the nation’s second highest rate of total crimes against persons.


The FBI numbers show New Mexico’s per-population kidnapping and abduction rate was the highest in the nation. New Mexico’s firearm ownership and fatality rate is among the nation’s highest. In 2016 over 37% of adults in the state lived in a household with a firearm which is 5% higher than the national average according to the think tank Rand Corp.

In 2021 New Mexico law enforcement reported over 28,000 crimes against persons. That includes crimes such as murder, rape, assault, and kidnapping.  Given New Mexico’s population, the state’s crime rate against persons per population is the second highest in the nation. FBI data shows for every 100,000 people in New Mexico, law enforcement reported 2,189 crimes against persons in 2021. The only state with a higher rate was Arkansas, which reported 2,276 crimes per 100,000 people.

New Mexico law enforcement agencies reported nearly 25,500 instances of assault in 2021. That’s 1,872 more than the state reported in 2020. New Mexico law enforcement also reported more homicides in 2021 than the year before. Across New Mexico, police reported 193 homicides to the FBI in 2021. That’s 67 more than in 2020.  Not at all surprising is that the majority of the state’s reported homicides were in Albuquerque.

New Mexico is not at the top of the list in all crime categories. While New Mexico law enforcement reported 1,663 instances of sex offenses in 2021, 6  other states had higher rates of sex offenses per population. That includes states like Alaska, Utah, and Montana.

New Mexico law enforcement reported 822 kidnappings and abductions to the FBI in 2021. That puts New Mexico at the top of the list regarding kidnappings and abductions per 100,000 people. Kansas, Colorado, and Utah also rank high on the list of kidnappings and abductions per population.

New Mexico’s firearm fatality rate is among the nation’s highest. According to the New Mexico Department of Health, there were a total of 562 state residents who died in 2021 due to firearm-related injuries.  This figure is up significantly from the 481 firearm-related deaths in 2020. Of the 562 state residents who died in 2021 due to firearms, 319 cases, were classified as suicides and 243 were classified as homicides. In New Mexico, the rate of 14.9 firearm-related deaths per every 100,000 residents in 2010 nearly doubled over the last decade and there were 23 such deaths for every 100,000 residents in 2020.


Albuquerque is at the forefront of New Mexico’s high violent crime rate.  According to legislative data released, the city had about half of the state’s violent crime in 2022 but has just 25% or so of its total population.  The Albuquerque Police Department reported that in November, gun law violations spiked 85% in 2022.  The last two years have also been two very violent years for Albuquerque.  The number of homicides in the city have broken all-time records.  In 2021, there were 117 homicides, with 3 declared self-defense reducing homicide number to 114. In 2022, there were 120 homicides, a historical high.  

On Thursday, March 16, 2023 the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) released the 2022 crime statistics along with crime statistics for 2022 for a comparison. During his March 16 press conference announcing the City’s 2022 crime statistics, APD Chief  Harold Medina  embellished that a  3% drop in  overall total of crime and a 4% decrease in Crimes Against Persons and the 2% decrease in Crimes Against Property was positive movement . Medina said this:

“We’ll always have to work to reduce that perception of crime and make sure that the community knows exactly where they’re at.  … But we’re seeing a lot of positive movement, which is encouraging to us. And we’re hoping that it’ll be encouraging to the citizens of the city of Albuquerque.”

The slight 3% decrease in overall crime  was over shadowed by the 24% spike  in CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY  which are largely made  up of drug and gun offenses and  a 71% increase in murders over the last 6 years. The number of homicides for the past 6 years were reported as follows:

2017: 70

2018: 69

2019: 80

2020: 78

2021: 110

2022: 120

On March 16, in addition to reporting that there has been a 71% spike in homicides, APD officials reported that over the past 6 years there has been a 28% increase in Aggravated Assaults which by definition includes the use of a firearms. Following are the numbers:

2017: 4,213

2018: 5,156

2019: 5,337

2020: 5,592

2021: 5,669

2022: 5,399

Crime rates in Albuquerque are high across the board. According to the Albuquerque Police’s annual report on crime, there were 46,391 property crimes and 15,765 violent crimes recorded in 2021.  These numbers place Albuquerque among America’s most dangerous cities.

All residents are at increased risk of experiencing aggravated robbery, auto theft, and petty theft.  The chances of becoming a victim of property crime in Albuquerque are 1 in 20, an alarmingly high statistic. Simple assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, and larceny are just some of the most common criminal offenses in Albuquerque. Burglary and sex offense rates In Albuquerque are also higher than the national average.


Within days after the  March 16  press conference where APD Chief Harold Medina  touted as progress  a  3% drop in  overall total crime and a 4% decrease in Crimes Against Persons and the 2% decrease in Crimes Against Property,  murders literally discredited Medina’s  boast of “progress”.  The events and murders  highlighted  just how bad things really are when it comes to the City’s violent crime.

On March 19, it was reported that 4 homicides in a span of 24 hours occurred over one weekend.    On March 22, it was reported that one person was found dead and another was hurt after a shooting in Albuquerque. The city’s homicide numbers for 2023  are following  last year’s record-breaking number. These murders bring the total number of homicides to 21 in the city since January 1, 2023



The March 24 Albuquerque Journal editorial highlighted the city’s violent crime problem even further. The editorial states in part as follows:

“An 18-year-old and two 17-year-olds were charged this week with multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an afternoon of carjacking mayhem in Southwest Albuquerque that resulted in multiple crashes and left bullet holes in at least one home.

And two girls, one 13 and the other 14, were charged this week with kidnapping, aggravated battery and conspiracy after a 13-year-old girl was severely beaten in a park in Southeast Albuquerque. An arrest warrant also has been issued for a 12-year-old girl who allegedly was involved.

In the carjacking case, one woman said she was driving to her son’s baseball game near 86th and Tower when she stopped for three teens in a crosswalk. The teens surrounded her car and demanded it at gunpoint.

Shortly later, a woman was waiting for her children near Westgate Community Park when two teens got out of a vehicle and stole her SUV at gunpoint. Then a couple reported driving near Carlos Rey Elementary when a young man got out of a heavily damaged car and attempted to carjack them at gunpoint; they sped away.

Another woman says she was blocked by a vehicle at Barbados and Gibson and three teens with guns got out and carjacked her, leaving in her vehicle and another.

And yet another a woman said teens followed and shot at her after she witnessed a carjacking on 98th.

The chaos finally ended when one of the carjacked vehicles crashed near Atrisco and Bridge. Police say they found three handguns where the teens were detained, including one that had been modified to fire fully automatic.

So — where did these young men get the firearms?  State law says you have to be 19 to own a handgun.”

… .

The link to read the full editorial is here:



It was on February 28 at a rally in the capitol rotunda Roundhouse the Governor spoke in no uncertain terms about the gun restriction legislation she wanted enacted before the end of the session.  She characterized the legislation as her “must have” legislative priorities.  Her “must have” legislative priorities included a waiting period for firearm purchases and raising the minimum age to buy certain guns to 21 as New Mexico, both measures that failed.

It is very likely that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is very disappointed on how little was accomplished by the 2023 New Mexico legislature with only 2 out of 10 gun control measures making it through, but  she simply does not want to admit it.  The failure of the legislation is very difficult to accept.  Democrats in the 2023 legislative session hold a 45-25 majority in the House and a 27-15 in the Senate. It’s a damn shame more was not done and Democrats do look foolish on the issue of failing to enact reasonable and responsible gun control measure that will bring down crime and save lives.


 New Mexico’s and the City of Albuquerque’s violent crime and  murder rates are simply out of control.  In view of the State’s high crime rates and the murder rates in Albuquerque, it is very difficult to comprehend how Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham does not recognize that there are in fact dramatic circumstances” that exist right now that justify a special session. She should reconsider her decision and call a special session to deal with crime and punishment as well as gun control. Crime and punishment must be balanced with reasonable gun control to be effective in bringing down crime.

If Governor Lujan Grisham is indeed sincere about reintroducing legislation that did not  make it through the 2023 legislative session  and that it be reintroduced in next year’s session, a much different approach needs to be taken because the State’s  crime crisis is very real and will remain until something is done.

All the gun control legislation in the 2023 legislative session  was piecemeal at best. It failed to strike a balance between gun control and enhanced penalties for the commission of crime with guns.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham should seek the enactment  of  “Omnibus Violent Crime and Gun Control Act that could be enacted in either  a Special Session or by the 2024 legislative session.

The “Omnibus Violent Crime and Gun Control Act would include the following gun regulation measures:

  • Outlaw possession and sale assault weapon style weapons such as AR-15-style rifles and pistols with magazines of 10 rounds or more making it a third degree felony with a 6 year mandatory sentence.
  • Outlaw the sale of “ghost guns” parts.
  • Outlaw possession of semiautomatic firearm converters.
  • Limit all retail gun purchases of all types of guns per person to one gun per month.
  • Institute mandatory extended waiting period to a full month for gun purchases.
  • Outlaw the straw purchase of guns for someone who isn’t legally able to make the purchase themselves.
  • Outlaw the sale in New Mexico of “bump-fire stocks” and other accessories.
  • Allow crime victims to sue gun manufacturers for actual and punitive damages.
  • Require the mandatory purchase of “liability insurance” with each gun sold.
  • Implement in New Mexico mandatory handgun licensing, permitting, training, and registration requirements.
  • Expand gun ownership age limitation to 19 for rifles and shotguns.
  • Expand the prohibition of deadly weapons from a school campus to school zones making it a third-degree felony.
  • Call for a constitutional amendment to repeal the New Mexico Constitutional provision that allows the “open carry” of firearms. This would require a statewide vote and would ensure a healthy debate.

The following crime and sentencing provisions should be included in the “Omnibus Gun Violence And Gun Control Act”:

  • Making possession of a handgun by someone who commits a crime an aggravated third-degree felony mandating a 6-year minimum sentence.
  • Increase the firearm enhancement penalties provided for the brandishing a firearm in the commission of a felony from 3 years to 10 years for a first offense and for a second or subsequent felony in which a firearm is brandished 12 years.
  • Create a new category of enhanced sentencing for use of a lethal weapon or deadly weapon other than a firearm where there is blandishment of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony with enhanced sentences of 5 years for a first offense and for second or subsequent felony in which a lethal weapon other than a firearm is brandished 8 years
  • Make it a third-degree felony for failure to secure a firearm mandating a 3-year sentence. Gun owners would have to keep their firearms in a locked container and make them inaccessible to anyone but the owner or authorized users.
  • Increase the penalty of shooting randomly into a crowded area a second-degree felony mandating a 9-year sentence.
  • Allow firearm offenses used in a drug crime to be charged separately.
  • Change bail bond to statutorily empower judges with far more discretionary authority to hold and jail those pending trial who have prior violent crime reported incidents without shifting the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defense.
  • Mandate public school systems and higher education institutions to “harden” their facilities with more security doors, security windows, security measures, including metal detectors at single entrances designated and alarm systems and security cameras tied directly to law enforcement 911 emergency operations centers.
  • Make organized retail crime a specific offense punishable by felony charges when value of goods stolen exceeds certain threshold.
  • Cases of juveniles arrested in possession of a weapon are to be referred the District Attorney for automatic prosecution as an adult for sentencing.
  • Make it a 3rd degree felony if a person recklessly stores a firearm and a minor gains access to it to threaten or harms someone.

The Omnibus Violent Crime and Gun Control Act must include funding for the criminal justice system. This would include funding District Attorney’s Offices, the Public Defender’s Office, the Courts and the Corrections Department.

Until the New Mexico Legislature, especially Democrats, get serious and aggressive about responsible gun control and crime and punishment, the State will continue to suffer high violent crime rates.

APD Chief Harold  Medina Embellishes City’s “Slight”  Decline In Crime Rates Claiming APD Fighting “Perception Of Crime”;  Reality Is ABQ Has Become Violent City; “Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure” And Programs Fail

It was in 2018 that APD along with other law enforcement departments across the country, switched to the format mandated by the FBI for its annual crime report published each fall. Under NIBRS, there are 52 subcategories spread throughout crimes against persons, crimes against property and crimes against society. Each crime committed during an incident is counted.

The three major categories of crime statistics under NIBRS are:

  1. CRIMES AGAINST PERSONS. This category includes murder, rape, and assault, and are those in which the victims are always individuals.
  2. CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY. This category includes robbery, bribery, and burglary, or to obtain money, property, or some other benefit.
  3. CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY. This category includes gambling, prostitution, and drug violations, and represent society’s prohibition against engaging in certain types of activity and are typically victimless crimes.


On Thursday, March 16, 2023 the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) released the 2022  crime statistics along with crime statistics for 2021 for a comparison.  APD Chief Harold Medina reported Albuquerque crime statistics as follows:


2021:  13,242

2022:  12,777 (4% DECREASE)


2021:  44,822

2022: 43,824 (2% DECREASE)


2021: 3,903

2022:  5,133 (24% INCREASE)

Chief Medina also presented a vertical bar graph that revealed that over the last 6 years, Albuquerque has had a dramatic 71% spike in homicides. The number of homicides for the past 6 years are as follows:

2017: 70

2018: 69

2019: 80

2020: 78

2021: 110

2022: 120


Medina went further to breakdown Albuquerque’s violent crime into 5 historical categories  showing the rates decreases and increases in each category for the past 6 years showing decreases in 3 categories and increases in 2 categories. Following are those statics:


2017: 7,686

2018: 7,694

2019: 7,642

2020: 7,552

2021: 8,087

2022: 7,442

Over the 6 years, there was a 3% DECREASE in violent crime.


2017: 473

2018: 484

2019: 499

2020: 441

2021: 513

2022: 328

Over the past 6 years there has been a 31% DECREASE In rapes.


2017: 2,930

2018: 1,985

2019: 1,725

2020: 1,439

2021: 1,780

2022: 1,595

Over the past 6 years there has been a 46% DECREASE in robbery.


2017: 4,213

2018: 5,156

2019: 5,337

2020: 5,592

2021: 5,669

2022: 5,399

Over the past 6 years there has been a 28% INCREASE in Aggravated Assaults.


2017: 70

2018: 69

2019: 80

2020: 78

2021: 110

2022: 120

Over the 6 years, there was a 71% INCREASE in murders.

On March 19, it was reported that 4 homicides in a span of 24 hours occurred over one weekend.    On March 22, it was reported that one person was found dead and another was hurt after a shooting in Albuquerque. Officers were called to the area of Central Avenue near 94th Street for reports of a shooting. Officers arrived and found two people with gunshot wounds near an RV park. The city’s homicide numbers for 2023  are following  last year’s record-breaking number. These murders bring the total number of homicides to 21 in the city since January 1, 2023




According to Chief Medina there was  3% drop in the overall total of crime and stated it was a fueled by  the 4% decrease in CRIMES AGAINST  PERSONS and the 2% drop in CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY.  The slight 3% decrease in overall crime was over shadowed by the 24% spike  in CRIMES AGAINST SOCIETY  which are largely made up of drug and gun offenses and  the 71% increase in murders over the last 6 years.

Chief  Harold Medina said APD is fighting crime on two fronts:

1. Battling against the actual crime numbers  and

2. Battling  “the perception of crime”. 

Medina embellished APD’s  success in bringing down Crimes Against Persons by 4% and success in bringing down Crimes Against Property by 2%.  Medina said this:

“We’ll always have to work to reduce that perception of crime and make sure that the community knows exactly where they’re at.  … But we’re seeing a lot of positive movement, which is encouraging to us. And we’re hoping that it’ll be encouraging to the citizens of the city of Albuquerque.”


The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System implemented in 2018 cannot be used to compare previous crime statistics which before used the SRS reporting system where crime was broken down into 8 separate categories of crime. Those categories were:

1. Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter

2. Forcible Rape

3. Robbery

4. Aggravated Assault

5. Burglary

6. Larceny-theft

7. Motor Vehicle Theft and

8. Arson

The postscript to this blog article provides an explanation of the SRS System and NIBRS.   As a result, APD used a more basic form of reporting to show violent crime had dropped by 4%  and property crime had dropped by 40% since 2017.

In 2017 auto theft and other property crimes were at record highs and dropped significantly in the years following. But in recent years those decreasing metrics have steadied and some, like auto theft, had risen again in 2022.

In 2022, according to NIBRS data provided by APD, the largest decreases were observed in fraud at 32%, sex offenses at 23% and robbery  at 13%. In 2021, the largest spike increases in crime  were observed in weapons violations at 57%, drug offenses at 10%, auto theft at 10%, non-negligent murder at 9% and vandalism at 8%.

APD officials said the massive 57% spike in weapons violations can be attributed to the hundreds of ShotSpotter alerts where an officer has collected bullet casings where  each incident counts the casings collected as a weapons offense. In other words, if 10 casings are found and one incident cite, 10 separate weapons offenses are reported. In 2022, aggravated assault and  burglary saw a  small decreases of 3% and larceny had a  small decrease 2%  while simple assault saw a 1% increase.


Chief Medina said he believes the “recipe for success” to bring down crime is arresting more people committing serious crimes, clearing more homicide cases,  and making sure violent offenders are detained until trial.  Medina said the city still has a “homicide problem” and pointed out that the latter months of 2022 and March 2023 saw few homicides after a breakneck pace last spring, summer and fall. Medina said this:

“We’re very cautious of what we want to say, because the moment we talk about it, and there’s three homicides, everybody goes crazy and says, ‘Oh my god, they’ve done nothing. It’s worse than ever before.’ We see the trending going in the direction we want.”


During the March 16, 2023 press conference releasing the City’s crime statistics, APD Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos disclosed for the first time  a problem in previous years accounting. Gallegos said the  year end 2021 statistics  initially provided by APD,  which showed the first rise in overall crime since 2018,  was incorrect and  included duplicates. The data compiled showed a marginal 0.85% increase in overall crime driven by a 1% and 3% rise in property and violent crime, respectively.

The data released on March 16 showed greater declines for 2021.   Between 2020 and 2021, there was a 0.4% decrease in overall crime, with 0.3% and 0.7% drops in property and violent crime and a 1% rise in Crimes Against Society.  According to Gallegos, APD’s Records Unit recalculated the data due to the department counting one incident as multiple incidents if there were multiple victims. He said the FBI counts one incident despite the number of victims and APD removed duplicates to adhere to the federal system. Gallegos explained the problem this way:

“When you remove that duplicative data, the numbers are lower and consistent with the FBI’s process. ”

Gallegos said, adding that the Records Unit is in the process of recalculating data going back to 2018.

The links to quoted news source material are here:





It’s not the first time APD has released crime data that was misleading. Comparing Albuquerque’s 2022  crime stats to those before 2018 is difficult at best because of the change in the system of how it is reported by APD to the FBI and because of major past mistakes made by APD that under reported crime. Before 2018, the SRS system of reporting crime was used and in 2018 the NIBRS System was implemented. The postscript to this blog article explains both systems.

In 2018 and 2019, the first two years Tim Keller served as Mayor, he would hold a press conference every quarter when APD released the city’ crime statistics. He did so to proclaim and to some extent take credit for crime going down in all categories. It turns out for almost two years the statistics Keller regurgitated were seriously inaccurate and way too optimistic.

On July 1, 2019, Keller held a press conference only 1 day after the second quarter of 2019 ended to report the mid-year crime statistics compared to last year midterm numbers. Mayor Keller reported that crime was down substantially, with double-digit drops in nearly every category, between the first six months of 2018 and the first six months of 2019.

The statistics released during the July 1, 2019 Keller press conference, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) reported to the FBI that in the first 6 months of 2019, the property crimes of home burglaries were down and auto burglaries were down. Robberies, sexual assaults and murders were reported as down from the first 6 months of last year. Double-digit drops were reported during the last 6 months in violent offenses included robberies, down, aggravated assaults, and rapes.


On Sunday, December 1, 2019 the Albuquerque Journal ran a front-page story that all the crime rate reductions Keller reported at his July 1, 2019 press conference were in fact seriously flawed and not at all accurate. According to the report, both the 2019 mid-year statistics and the statistics released at the end of 2018 were revised dramatically to include hundreds, and in some cases thousands, more incidents than were initially reported. The final numbers for all of 2018 showed violent crime actually increased. You can read the full December 1 Journal story at this link:


At an October meeting of the City Council, APD provided the revised statistics to it but failed to report that the numbers had changed drastically no doubt believing no one would notice. Mayor Keller also did not hold any kind of a press conference to correct nor announce the corrected statistics. The Keller Administration blamed the false numbers on antiquated software programs, but only after the Keller Administration had essentially been caught by the Albuquerque Journal.

Following are the corrected statistics for 2018:

Auto burglaries decreased 16%, not 38% as previously announced
Auto theft decreased 22%, not 39% as Keller reported
Commercial burglary decreased 3%, not the 27% Keller reported
Residential burglary decreased 16%, not 39% as Keller reported
Homicide decreased 2.5%, not 18%, but homicides have since increased substantially and the city has tied the all-time record of 71.
Rape decreased 3%, not the 29% Keller reported
Robbery decreased 30%, not 47% reported by Keller
Aggravated assault decreased 7.5%, not 33% reported by Keller
In February, 2019 APD reported very different numbers to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, which collects and publishes the data. The data reported shows violent crime had actually increased 3.7% between 2017 and 2018 driven by aggravated assaults.
According to the FBI report:
Aggravated assault increased 21%, rather than decreasing 8% as announced during Keller’s July news conference
Rape increased by 3%, rather than decreasing 3%
Auto theft decreased 14%, not the 31% reported by Keller
Homicides remained basically the same decreasing by a single murder
Robbery decreased 32% and Keller reported it decreasing by 36%



In 2019, in response to the continuing increase in violent crime rates, Mayor Keller scrambled to implement 4 major crime fighting programs to reduce violent crime:

  1. The Shield Unit

In February 2018 the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) created the “Shield Unit”. The Shield Unit assists APD Police Officers to prepare cases for trial and prosecution by the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office. The unit originally consisted of 3 para legals. It was announced that it is was expanded to 12 under the 2019-2020 city budget that took effect July 1, 2019.


  1. Declaring Violent Crime “Public Health” issue

On April 8, 2019, Mayor Keller and APD announced efforts that will deal with “violent crime” in the context of it being a “public health issue” and dealing with crimes involving guns in an effort to bring down violent crime in Albuquerque. Mayor Keller and APD argue that gun violence is a “public health issue” because gun violence incidents have lasting adverse effects on children and others in the community that leads to further problems.

  1. The “Violence Intervention Plan” (VIP program)

On November 22, Mayor Tim Keller announced what he called a “new initiative” to target violent offenders called “Violence Intervention Plan” (VIP). The VIP initiative was in response to the city’s recent murders resulting in the city tying the all-time record of homicides at 72 in one year. Mayor Keller proclaimed the VIP is a “partnership system” that includes law enforcement, prosecutors and social service and community provides to reduce violent crime. According to Keller vulnerable communities and law enforcement will be working together and building trust has proven results for public safety.

Mayor Keller stated:

“… This is about trying to get these people not to shoot each other. …This is about understanding who they are and why they are engaged in violent crime. … And so, this actually in some ways, in that respect, this is the opposite of data. This is action. This is actually doing something with people. …”

  1. The Metro 15 Operation program.

On Tuesday, November 26, Mayor Tim Keller held a press conference to announce a 4th program within 9 months to deal with the city’s violent crime and murder rates. At the time of the press conference, the city’s homicide count was at 72, matching the city’s record in 2017.

Before 2017, the last time the City had the highest number of homicides in one year was in 1996 with 70 murders that year. Keller dubbed the new program “Metro 15 Operation” and is part of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) program. According to Keller and then APD Chief Michael Geier the new program would target the top 15 most violent offenders in Albuquerque. It’s the city’s version of the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.

Links to news coverage are here:




Quoting  Mark Twain “Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure.”  Chief Medina reverting back to the 5 traditional categories of violent crime to show decreases in 3 categories and increases  in 2 was a pathetic attempt of politcal spin. The public are not as stupid as Chief Harold Medina and his public information flak  Gilbert Gallegos think they are.  The general  public know  “Figures Don’t Lie, But Liars Figure.” 

Chief Medina said he believes the “recipe for success” to bring down crime is arresting more people committing serious crimes, clearing more homicide cases,  and making sure violent offenders are detained until trial. Medina’s “recipe for success” is a reflection of an APD Chief  with over 30 years experience who has learned very little. With his recipe  he shows his ignorance  that law enforcement is only the very first ingredient. It is the actual conviction with evidence and the sentencing of violent criminals to prison that will bring down crime, not pretrial detention.

120 murders alone  in 2022, a  71% increase in murders over 6 years  and a 28% increase in Aggravated Assaults in  6 years are not lies. The statistics  are proof that the City of Albuquerque has become a very violent city. What is lying  is when Medina embellishes  that a  3% drop in  overall total of crime and a 4% decrease in Crimes Against Persons and the 2% decrease in Crimes Against Property is somehow making “progress”.  These single digit statistics are NOT “a lot of positive movement, which is encouraging to us … that it’ll be encouraging to the citizens of the city of Albuquerque.”

Medina proclaiming that the City  is fighting “the perception of crime”  is also  lie.  It is no a perception.  It is a blunt,  cold, tragic  reality  that in 2022 the city broke the all time record of homicides with  120  murders and the city is one of the most violent cities in the country.  Its only getting worse  despite all the programs implemented by the Keller Administration in an attempt to bring down violent crime. The 5 programs instituted by the Keller Administration to reduce violent crime in  2019 have had no impact on it  and can only be considered failures.

In 2019, APD management and in particular Medina, should have learned to knock it off with trying to put a positive spin on statistics and merely report them.  What he has done this year is to go into politcal spin cycle again by coming up with 5 additional statistical categories to try and argue that  overall violent crime in the city has gone down .



Following is a short synopsis of the SRS crime reporting system and the NIBRS system:


Prior to 2018, APD reported data using the Summary Reporting System (SRS), which included 8 crime categories and counted only the most serious offense during an incident. The eight categories were 4 in property crime and 4 in violent crime. The original 8 offenses were chosen because they are serious crimes, they occur with regularity in all areas of the country, and they are likely to be reported to police. In the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS), the eight crimes, or Part I offenses are:

1.Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter
2. Forcible Rape
3. Robbery
4. Aggravated Assault
5. Burglary
6. Larceny-theft
7. Motor Vehicle Theft
8. Arson

A link providing a complete definition of each category under the SRS system is here:



In 2018, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) began reporting its annual crime statistics using the Federal Bureau Of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). NIBRS is the most current national framework for reporting crime and replaces the FBI’s Uniform Crimes Reports (UCR). This change is important because, compared to UCR, NIBRS provides more comprehensive and detailed information about crimes against person, crimes against property and crimes against society occurring in law enforcement jurisdictions across the county. Under the National Incident-Based Reporting System there are 52 subcategories spread throughout crimes against persons, crimes against property and crimes against society. Each crime committed during an incident is counted.


Starting in January 2021, the FBI began requiring law enforcement agencies to use the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). In NIBRS, there are 3 major reporting broad categories:


Crimes Against Persons include murder, rape, and assault, and are those in which the victims are always individuals.


Crimes Against Property include robbery, bribery, and burglary, or to obtain money, property, or some other benefit.


Crimes Against Society include gambling, prostitution, and drug violations, and represent society’s prohibition against engaging in certain types of activity and are typically victimless crimes.

The 3 major categories are then broken down into 52 sub-categories. NIBRS counts virtually all crimes committed during an incident and for that reason alone NIMRS is far more sophisticated than the “most serious incident-based” reporting SRS reporting system.

“In the National Incident-Based Reporting System” (NIBRS), each offense reported is either a Group A or Group B offense type. There are 23 Group A offense categories, comprised of 52 Group A offenses and 10 Group B offense categories. Law enforcement agencies report Group A offenses as part of a NIBRS incident report, but they report only arrest data for Group B offenses.”



“In NIBRS, law enforcement agencies collect detailed data regarding individual crime incidents and arrests and submit them in separate reports using prescribed data elements and data values to describe each incident and arrest. Therefore, NIBRS involves incident-based reporting. … There are 52 data elements used in NIBRS to describe the victims, offenders, arrestees, and circumstances of crimes.”

A link to a complete guide to the NIBRS crime reporting system is here: