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Albuquerque Cop Causes Man to Loses Testicle while Seizing Phone and Deleting Footage of Altercation

With the arrogance and aggression we’ve come to expect from the Albuquerque Police Department, an officer kneed a suspect in the groin after the man refused to sit on the curb during a traffic stop – leaving the man with only one testicle – before turning to the man’s friend recording the incident, then seizing his phone and deleting his footage.

But the cop, Pablo Padilla, forgot to delete the footage from his own lapel camera.

KRQE News 13 has obtained the lapel camera video showing what happened during the DWI arrest of a UNM law student who says an APD officer roughed him up so badly, doctors had to remove one of his testicles.

Police: Sit down or I’m going to mace you. It’s real simple.
Martin: Mace me.
Police: Sit down or I’m going to mace you, sir
Martin: Mace me. Mace me, please. I would love for you to mace me. That would be fantastic.

The officer pulled out his Taser when 24-year-old Jeremy Martin continued to ignore his demands to sit down on the curb.

Martin instead begged the officer to let him go.

Eventually, Martin says, the officer kneed him in the groin and severely injured his testicle.

Martin: Sir sir sir (scuffle)
Police: Turn around
Police: Turn around
Martin: Stop using aggressive force. Don’t kick me in the nuts. Aw you motherf*****
Police: Get on the ground
Martin: Don’t kick me in the… Aw you f*****

Padilla is now on desk duty and might get fired for the incident. But only because he left a man with one testicle. Not because he destroyed evidence.

Below is his version of the events that took place that night.

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