A 24-year-old law student lost a testicle after it was “shattered” following a brutal run-in with a police officer, the man’s lawyer said.
University of New Mexico college student Jeremy Martin was pulled over by Albuquerque Police Officer Pablo Padilla, who arrested him in connection with DUI and marijuana possession.
Martin became defiant toward the lawman when he was told to park himself on a curb, standing up and telling the officer, “Mace me. Mace me, please. I would love for you to mace me. That would be fantastic.”
Padilla retrieved his taser, at which point things became increasingly hostile, ensuing in Padilla grabbing Martin, turning him around and throwing a knee to his groin that connected in a damaging way.
Martin can be heard saying on a police tape, “Stop using aggressive force! Don’t kick me in the nuts! Aw you motherf*cker! Don’t kick me in the … aw you f*cker! Sir, I’m not trying to resist. I’m not trying to hit you. Please help me up!”
In the incident, according to Martin’s lawyer Sam Bregman, Martin’s testicle was crushed between the policeman’s knee and a truck, leading to the surgical procedure.
Bregman said the man intends on suing the APD in federal court for the “completely unacceptable” exchange.
“We will be filing a lawsuit in the coming weeks for battery and excessive use of force in violation of his constitutional rights,” Bregman said.
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APD officials said they’ll launch an investigation into “allegations” made by the wounded man.
The officer, Padilla, has come under scrutiny in other incidents, as he was acquitted by a federal jury in 2013 after breaking a woman’s arm by twisting it too hard during a drunk driving stop.
In April, the department came under the scope of the U.S. Justice Department for its outlier number of incidents involving excessive force dished out by its officers.
“Albuquerque police officers often use unreasonable physical force without regard for the subject’s safety or the level of threat encountered,” the DOJ said. “Officers frequently use takedown procedures in ways that unnecessarily increase the harm to the person.”
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