Utah officer fired for handcuffing, dragging screaming nurse out of hospital

Utah officer fired for handcuffing, dragging screaming nurse out of hospital

Utah officer fired for handcuffing, dragging screaming nurse out of hospital

A lawyer for Payne told the Associated Press that the detective would still be employed had his body camera footage not gotten so much attention.

Detective Jeff Payne was sacked and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust.

In the police video of the incident, Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in a police vehicle when she refused to allow officers to obtain a blood sample from a crash victim at the hospital without a warrant.

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, frame grab from video taken from a police body camera and provided by attorney Karra Porter, nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by a Salt Lake City police officer at University Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Porter said she is grateful Payne was terminated and that there would be "absolutely no possibility" of the Salt Lake City Police Department regaining public trust had he not been fired.

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Skordas has acknowledged Payne made a mistake. Brown faulted Payne for, among other things, not seeking to de-escalate his confrontation with Wubbels by taking his demands to her supervisor.

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When she defied the order to draw blood, Payne quickly walked over to her.

In the video, which Wubbels said her attorneys received through a public records request, Payne is heard declaring, "We're done!" and Wubbels wails as she's dragged outside of the hospital in handcuffs.

Wubbels was later released without charges. Brown said Tracy made an impulsive decision when he ordered Payne to arrest Wubbels without "fully understanding the nature of the situation and, as such, violated policy", according to his disciplinary letter, which was also obtained by the Deseret News.

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Brown called Tracy the "catalyst that led to the arrest" in his letter Tuesday demoting the officer.

"Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable", Brown wrote to Tracy.

"I have lost faith and confidence in your ability to continue to serve as a member of the Salt Lake City Police Department", Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown wrote in a letter notifying Payne of the termination.

"The trust problem has not been resolved by these actions", Porter said Tuesday evening. "This is insane", she said as she was led away.

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