- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque police officer accused of kneeing a University of New Mexico law school student in the groin and deleting a cellphone video of the attack is facing charges, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Pablo Padilla, 39, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with evidence in connection with the April 2014 traffic stop, documents show.

The incident drew international attention after an attorney for the student, Jeremy Martin, said his client was forced to under emergency surgery to remove a testicle after Padilla kneed him.

Lawyer Sam Bregman said his client was pleased Wednesday after he learned Padilla would face charges.

“Mr. Martin has always contended that he did nothing wrong,” Bregman said.

Drunken driving charges against Martin were dismissed, and Martin later filed a lawsuit.

After news of the case went public, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden gave Padilla a 240-hour suspension.

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board in December started to revoke Padilla’s law enforcement certification.

In a statement, Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celine Espinoza said an internal investigation found that Padilla violated department policy.

“The punishment issued was consistent with all legal requirements,” Espinoza said. “The Department will continue to fully cooperate and work with the district attorney’s office. Officer Padilla is currently on administrative leave.”

It was not known if Padilla had an attorney.


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