“I then called Chief (Ray) Schultz and said: „We have a problem,‟ ” Dinelli said in an interview Monday. “I walked over,
nd I had a meeting with them, and I said: „I want them gone‟ … He said no.”
Instead, according to Dinelli, Schultz ordered up an Internal Affairs investigation on four police officers and twocivilian employees of the unit.
Rob Perry, the city‟s current
chief administrative officer, said an APD commander and an acting deputy chief recommended discipline of a week for some of those who had engaged in unprofessional behavior shown in thevideo. Others were recommended for four-day suspensions.
The video includes several hard-
charging songs, including the Beastie Boys‟ “Sabotage,” and snippets of audio frommovies such as Samuel L. Jackson‟s “great vengeance and furious anger” speech from “Pulp Fiction.”
Perry said he first became aware of the video while serving as city attorney early in the administration of Mayor Richard Berry, who took office in late 2009, after the video was produced.
Instead of the recommended discipline, Schultz meted out suspensions of one and two days, reassigned the officersfrom the unit and sent all six to sensitivity training, Perry said in an interview last week.
“There may have been an agreement not to appeal the discipline, but I can‟t say for sure,” he said, adding that he has
never discussed the case with Schultz.
Schultz, who retired earlier this month after eight years as chief of APD and is now working as a paid consultant for the department, did not return telephone calls seeking comment for this story.
Safe city strike force
The Criminal Nuisance Abatement Unit is p
art of the “Safe City Strike Force,” which is composed of police officers,firefighters, city legal staff and employees from the city‟s Planning Department and the Department of Family andCommunity Services. Its purpose is to enforce city and state “public nuisance” laws by, for example, shutting down
crack houses and tearing down dilapidated motels that become magnets for crime.
The strike force was initially created in 2002 under a city ordinance, but it didn‟t really get its sea legs until 2006,
when a memorandum of understanding was signed by then-city CAO Bruce Perlman and various department headsthat designated Dinelli as its director.
At that time, Dinelli was a deputy city attorney.
Later, in 2008, he became the city‟s chief public safety officer. He continued to oversee the strike force, but he said
the police chief never reported to him and that he had no power to discipline police officers who were part of theCriminal Nuisance Abatement Unit.
A city organizational chart dated May 2009, however, shows the police chief under Dinelli‟s chain of command.
Perry points to a 2009 letter Dinelli wrote to a constituent that says Dinelli had “overseen and supervised the Safe
City Strike For
ce since its inception” as proof that the activity shown in the video took place on Dinelli‟s watch.
Dinelli is running against Berry, Perry‟s boss, in the Oct. 8 mayoral election.
Dinelli, however, points to the memorandum of understanding that created the strike force. It designates the strike
force‟s director as having the authority to give “assignments and instructions” to members of the strike force.
But APD detectives and inspe
ctors assigned to the strike force, according to the MOU, “shall be under the directsupervision of an Albuquerque Police Department area captain or commander and lieutenant.”