STORY UPDATE: Man claims APD abuse led to loss of testicle

Updated: 05/02/2014 6:08 PM | Created: 05/02/2014 4:43 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A 24-year-old UNM law school student says he was kneed in the groin by an APD officer so hard, it shattered one of his testicles.

It was after midnight Friday. Law student Jeremy Martin was driving a carload of friends through the UNM area when police say he ran a stop sign.

According to the police report, APD officer Padilla said Martin seemed drunk and admitted to having three beers. After a field sobriety test, Officer Padilla told Martin to sit on the curb, but says Martin resisted.

Martin's attorney, Sam Bregman says what happened next is hard to stomach.

"This officer felt the necessity to knee him so directly and with so much blunt force that it shattered his testicle," Bregman said.

Jeremy was booked on DWI and marijuana possession charges--both misdemeanors.

"He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he had emergency surgery to have his testicle removed," Bregman said.

A second police report was written by another officer after Martin allegedly became combative with officers at the hospital.

In it the officer described Martin’s injuries and wrote, "Jeremy has a dressing over his genitals for an injury that required removal of one testicle."

Bregman is in the middle of filing a lawsuit against the officers involved, but most of all, an answer to this:

"How does a DWI investigation with a first year law student -- when he absolutely did nothing to provoke the officer -- result in the shattering of his testicle and emergency surgery to remove it?" Bregman asked.

There is also a confusing line in the police report filed by the officers who arrested Martin.

The report says he blew a stop sign while traveling north on Wellesley Place, but there is no way to travel northbound on Wellseley to the stop sign in question.

APD chief Gorden Eden released a statement to KOB Eyewitness News 4 Friday afternoon in response to our story. The statement reads:

"The statements made by Jeremy Martin regarding the actions taken by an Albuquerque Police Officer are extremely serious. The Department is going to thoroughly investigate the allegations and will take appropriate action up to, and including, termination if warranted. The officer has been placed on administrative assignment while the investigation is pending."

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