- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque officer has resigned from his job three months after a judge ruled he would stand trial on charges of aggravated battery and tampering with evidence.

The charges against Pablo Padilla stem from a traffic stop in April 2014 in which authorities say he kneed a University of New Mexico law school student in the groin.

The student’s attorney says he was forced to undergo emergency surgery to remove a testicle after the encounter.

Padilla says he was aiming for student Jeremy Martin’s knee after he pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving.

Padilla also was accused of deleting a cellphone video linked to the incident.

The Albuquerque Police Department told KRQE that Padilla resigned Friday.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com

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