Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
ICE agent indicted for Constitutional rights violation appears in Utah court
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent indicted in Utah for allegedly slamming a man's face into the floor pleaded not guilty during a Wednesday appearance in federal court.
The agent, Jon Martinson Jr., was indicted in June with violating the man's constitutional rights while acting as an officer.
The alleged victim is identified only by his initials in the indictment, which does not confirm whether he was in the country illegally.
On July 3, 2013, "[Martinson] slammed F.M.P. onto the concrete floor face first," the indictment reads, "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."
A three-day jury trial is set for Oct. 6 before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson.
Meanwhile, Martinson is free on supervised release.