Claim filed by man in San Juan County jail beating

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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.

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