SALT LAKE CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent accused of slamming a man’s face into a concrete floor has been indicted in Utah.
Jon Martinson Jr. is accused of violating federal laws and constitutional rights that forbid the use of unreasonable force by law enforcement officers.
While ICE is responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally, the alleged victim is only identified by his initials in the indictment, which does not confirm whether he was in the country illegally, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“[Martinson] slammed F.M.P. onto the concrete floor face first,” the indictment reads in regard to the July 2013 incident, “willfully depriving him of the rights secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer.”
The indictment states the man suffered bodily injury as a result of the Martinson’s actions during an arrest, reported KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City.
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Tony Yapias is the director of Projecto Latino De Utah, an organization seeking to serve the needs of Utah’s Latino community, and he said he is aware of the case. He said the suspect was shackled and being moved when the agent allegedly pushed him from behind.
Yapias said the suspect who was injured entered the country without documentation, but that was not confirmed in the text of the indictment. Yapias said the man lost several teeth as a result for the agent’s action.
Martinson is scheduled to be arraigned July 29 in Salt Lake City federal court.
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