The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jul 6, 2009

Abating the Abaters

The City of Albuquerque has an aggressive policy designed to get rid of substandard properties and unruly businesses. The idea is to use city resources and departments to basically harass a business or property owner until they either clean up their act, close their doors, or sell the property. The city's nuisance abatement team is a combination of code inspectors and law enforcement working together to become a nuisance to the nuisance purveyors headed by Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli.

Back in April, the Journal reported that three detectives and two inspectors had been suspended for passing around a "distasteful montage of pictures." We know what immediately springs to mind - a bunch of photos ala Abu Grab.
"We are taking extremely aggressive action," said Albuquerque Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli, who directly oversees the Safe City Strike Force. "The alleged conduct was inappropriate and unprofessional, but in no way was it criminal."

Police officials said Dinelli was informed about the montage of pictures after a meeting Tuesday. Police officials would not discuss specifically what was in the photographs.
The short story didn't really come to our attention until just recently when a different version of events reached us through our Eyes. Apparently, the Safe City Strike Force had a meeting back in April where the leader of the group Pete Dinelli instructed officers to obtain search warrants in every situation where they were conducting searches of "nuisance" properties.

That sounds right. Everyone who's ever watched a cop show knows that the police need a warrant to search a private property - unless of course the officers are invited in by someone who has the authority to allow a search - someone like a tenant.

In fact, the unit has always obtained search warrants in any case where they had not been allowed to search the premises by a party who had the authority to do so. In cases where an authorized party allowed a search, officers carried a form and only performed a search after obtaining the signature of an authorized party.

According to our Eyes, Dinelli wanted the unit to put the kibosh on the authorized but non-search warrant searches because it's an election year. Apparently, the Chief Public Safety Officer didn't have a problem with the searches until his boss' (and his) job is on the line.

Our Eyes tell us that the photo montage suspensions are just an excuse to let the officers know that they're to tow the line. More importantly, the Eyes have it that Dinelli knew about the photos which were of a card placed in a strategic location after a successful abatement.

Look, the whole nuisance abatement concept bothers us for many reasons - the most important of which is that it's far too easy for a unit designed to clean up crack houses and prosecute slum lords to be used to harass law abiding property owners. It can also be used to steal MILLIONS of dollars from motorists through red light scam-eras... but we digress.

If we're going to have a nuisance abatement unit, it better have strict procedures and be monitored closely for potential abuse. That being said, the process should not be determined by the calendar. More specifically, it should not be determined by whether or not The Almighty Alcalde is up for re-election (to his 4th term).

If the unit is operating effectively, within the law, and not being used to harass, bully, or blackmail property owners then its operation should not change simply because the boss is up for re-election. Abating the abaters for political purposes is an abuse of the system and just as wrong as misusing the city's nuisance abatement process to harass an innocent property owner.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

ched macquigg said...

"Police officials would not discuss specifically what was in the photographs."

These are public servants within their public service. We have a right to know what they were doing (wrong), in order that we can determine whether the situation was appropriately handed by their supervisors; a chain of command that leads to an elected office.

How can voters hold elected officials accountable for their public service, if the details of their public service are kept (unnecessarily and unjustifiably) secret?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like disgruntled cops again. Got caught doing something they shouldn't be then blamed someone else for not covering up their bullshit.

Anonymous said...

This law was very close to being ruled unconstitutional when Paul Bardacke's law firm represented a client in one case. Dinelli was representing the city and the city settled the case so that they could continue using this scam. The city was terrified of the case making it to court with a good attorney on the other side. This is no surprise that Smarty would operate this way. Just look at how he conducts his own life.

Anonymous said...

SORRY folks, I have to disagree. I have live here for over 44 years and have seen the city cleaned up in the last 8 years beyond what it has ever been, No graffitti, No real estate signs, Fewer drugs houses. Great Job APD, Mayor or Dinelli or whomever is kicking ass and doing the great job. Keep it up, the last thing we need is a liberal like Romero, if not Marty, then give Berry a chance.

proud to be a Retired APD

Anonymous said...

If there is corruption in the police department then Pete Denali has the job of cleaning it up. Before he casts judgment he should take a look at his own house because “People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks”. Matt. 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged", "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

Anonymous said...

Yeah and crime is down. Ha Ha

Anonymous said...

Albuquerque is like the movie Ground Hog Day. The people here to the same stupid shit day after day. I can hardly wait for election day.

Anonymous said...

If the pictures are no big deal then why haven't they been leaked? Is it because they're really bad and now that the cover up has happened isn't time now that we get the full story...

Anonymous said...

Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

Anonymous said...

How about Capt. Levi Anaya he was in chage of those people but when the sh** hit the fan he was no where to be found. Then he pointed his tony soprano finger at everone else He is such a fat fool

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Cpt Anaya failed to supervise.