FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – A man who alleges he was beaten by a corrections officer while at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center has filed a legal claim.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that surveillance video taken shows then-Officer John Robins slamming Crandell Martin’s head into a brick wall while Martin was being booked on July 2 for a probation violation.
Robins was charged July 21 in Aztec Magistrate Court with aggravated battery. He resigned after the incident.
A police report says Martin appeared intoxicated in the video and that he acknowledged “mouthing off” to Robins.
Robins later told an investigator that he was going through a tough time and had lost control during the incident.
Martin filed a notice of tort claim that’s regarded as a precursor to a lawsuit.