- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 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 incident will stand trial.

KRQE-TV reports a judge made that decision Thursday in the case against 39-year-old Pablo Padilla.

Padilla is charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and tampering with evidence in connection with the April 2014 traffic stop.

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.

Padilla says deleting the video was a mistake and poor judgment.

He says he turned in other videos of the incident, wasn’t trying to cover anything up and meant to hit Martin’s inner thigh.

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