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Man in San Juan County jail beating files lawsuit

Created: 08/31/2014 11:46 AM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A man who alleges he was beaten by a corrections officer while at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center has filed a federal lawsuit, saying his civil rights were violated.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that 31-year-old Crandell Martin says his right to due process was violated while and he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Surveillance video shows then-Officer John Robins slamming Martin's head into a brick wall July 2 while booking him into the detention center for a probation violation.

Martin names Robins, another officer, the detention center and its administrator, Tom Havel, as defendants.

A message left for Havel seeking comment was not immediately returned Sunday.

Martin is requesting unspecified compensation.

Robins was charged July 21 with aggravated battery and has since resigned.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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