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Video: Special Police Unit That Pete Dinelli Personally Oversaw Desecrates Virgin Mary, Humiliates Tenants

Video: Special Police Unit That Pete Dinelli Personally Oversaw Desecrates Virgin Mary, Humiliates Tenants

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The Albuquerque Journal reported today that an explosive new video has surfaced showing officers in a special unit that Pete Dinelli personally oversaw performing humiliating acts like desecrating the Virgin Mary after they kicked people out of their homes. Dinelli — who appears in the video — told KRQE in 2009 that he had personally disciplined the officers with light suspensions for "juvenile" activity, but he never told the media about the video that his unit had created.
The Albuquerque Journal reported today that an explosive new video has surfaced showing officers in a special unit that Pete Dinelli personally oversaw performing humiliating acts like desecrating the Virgin Mary after they kicked people out of their homes. Dinelli — who appears in the video — told KRQE in 2009 that he had personally disciplined the officers with light suspensions for "juvenile" activity, but he never told the media about the video that his unit had created.

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Video: Special Police Unit That Pete Dinelli Personally Oversaw Desecrates Virgin Mary, Humiliates Tenants
 
Dinelli's mismanagement proves he's too risky to run city 
 
 ALBUQUERQUE, NM
The Albuquerque Journal reported today that an explosive new video has surfaced showingofficers in a special unit that Pete Dinelli personally oversaw performing humiliating acts like desecrating the VirginMary after they kicked people out of their homes. Dinelli
who appears in the video
told KRQE in 2009 that hehad personally disciplined the officers with light suspensions for "juvenile" activity, but he never told the media aboutthe video that his unit had created.
 
 And now, after telling KRQE in 2009 that he was the one who doled out the discipline, Dinelli is backpedaling andtrying to claim that it was Chief Schultz.
 
"Pete Dinelli so badly mismanaged the Safe City Strike Force that it cost taxpayers $1.7 million in lawsuits becausethey illegally evicted people from their homes," said Chris Sanchez, a spokesman for the Mayor Berry campaign."Now we learn that the same unit, under Pete Dinelli's watch, completely humiliated the evicted tenants by videotaping disgusting acts at their homes
like desecrating the Virgin Mary with rock 'n' roll music blasting. Pete Dinelliis now trying to shirk responsibility for his unit even though he told KRQE in 2009 that he personally disciplined hisunit with slaps on the wrist for what he called 'juvenile' activity. Pete Dinelli's mismanagement of his unit proves thathe is just too risky to be mayor."
 
Background:
 Below is today's Albuquerque Journal story.Click here for the KRQE story where Dinelli says he doled out the discipline.
 
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City strike force video condemned
 
The Albuquerque Journal
 
By: Jeff Proctor 
 
 August 21, 2013
 
 
Set to the gruff stylings of English metal band Motörhead‟s 1980 song “Ace of Spades,” a 5
-year-old video obtainedby the
Journal
shows members of APD‟s Criminal Nuisance Ab
atement Unit engaging in what current and former 
city officials call “unprofessional and unacceptable conduct” for police officers.
 
In the video, officers are shown forcing people whose homes have just been condemned to pose with an oversized Ace of Spades playing card. Other frames in the video show an officer shouting at a statue of the Virgin Mary, anofficer faking a puff from a marijuana water pipe and one officer standing behind another feigning a sexual act.
 
Pete Dinelli, who oversaw the unit at the time in the administration of then-Mayor Martin Chávez and who is nowrunning for mayor, said the video and several photographs depicting the same conduct came to his attention in April2009.
 
 Although images of hi
m are shown briefly in the video, Dinelli said he didn‟t know about its existence until one of the
members of the unit informed him.
 
 
“I then called Chief (Ray) Schultz and said: „We have a problem,‟ ” Dinelli said in an interview Monday. “I walked over,
a
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.”
 

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