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Lapel cam shows crushed testicle traffic stop

Updated: 05/19/2014 6:37 PM | Created: 05/19/2014 6:36 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For the first time Monday we're learning exactly what happened before a UNM law student's testicle was shattered, allegedly by an APD officer.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 requested lapel video from APD officer Pablo Padilla, but the station's request has not been fulfilled.

APD did turn over the officer's lapel video to political action group Progress Now New Mexico, and KOB has obtained the organization's copy.

On April 24, University of New Mexico law student Jeremy Martin was pulled over for running a stop sign on Campus and Wellesley near the north side of the UNM campus.

The video shows Martin being pulled over, and being asked out of the car. Padilla asks Martin to sit down on the curb, which he does.

At one point, Martin stands up and walks into the road.

This is a transcript of what's heard on lapel cam at that time:

{Padilla} Sit down, what don't you understand?

{Martin} I understand.

{Padilla} Sit down sir right now.

{Martin} Can I, can I please...

{Padilla} Sit down or I'm going to put you down.

{Martin} ... have one of my friends drive this truck away?

Padilla then tells Martin he's been drinking and driving, and repeats Martin's admission he's had three beers.

Martin follows Padilla's orders and sits, but then stands up a second time.

The transcript continues:

{Padilla} Sit down right now. Sit down right now.

Sit down right now or I'll mace you. It's real simple.

{Martin:} Mace me. Mace me please. I would love for you to mace me. That would be fantastic sir.

{Padilla:} You need to sit down.

{Martin:} Let my friends drive the truck away and let me walk away.

{Padilla:} That's not how it works.

Martin continues to argue with Officer Padilla, and that's when a scuffle takes place.

{Padilla} Turn around.

{Martin} Don't kick me in the nuts, you (expletive).

{Padilla} Get on the ground!

{Martin} (expletive) you!

Martin is thrown to the ground -- road rash is visible on his face afterward.

There is also lapel video of detectives interviewing Martin about the incident at the hospital. That story is coming up on KOB Eyewitness News 4 at 10.


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