Claim filed by man in San Juan County jail beating

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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