A law student at the University of New Mexico says an Albuquerque police officer kneed him in the groin with enough force to shatter a testicle.
Jeremy Martin, 24, was driving in a car with his friends after midnight Friday when a police officer pulled him over for running a stop sign.
A police report filed by APD Officer Padilla claimed Martin appeared to be under the influence and admitted to drinking three beers. The officer gave the man a field sobriety test, then told him to sit on the curb, but Martin resisted.
"This officer felt the necessity to knee him so directly and with so much blunt force that it shattered his testicle," Martin's attorney, Sam Bregman, told KOB4.
Martin was booked for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Martin's face is cut and bloody in his mugshot, and even though those injuries were mentioned in the police report, the testicle injury was omitted, according to the station.
"He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he had emergency surgery to have his testicle removed," Bregman said.
Bregman is now filing a lawsuit against the officers involved.
"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 are other errors in the police report, which claims Martin went through a stop sign while driving north on Wellesley Place, but the stop sign in question is only for southbound traffic.
APD chief Gorden Eden issued a statement to KOB4, saying: "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."
According to The Associated Press, the U.S. Justice Department recently reported Albuquerque police have engaged in a pattern of excessive force.