Officer Plans To Appeal Firing In Nurse Arrest

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

In a disciplinary letter, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said he was "deeply troubled" by Payne's conduct, which he described as "inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful" and said brought "significant disrepute" on the department.

In the police body cam video, Payne expressed repeated frustration after the nurse told him he would not obtain a blood sample.

Nurse Alex Wubbels told the Tribune that she's just glad the encounter was captured on bodycam footage and emphasized the need for police bodycams throughout Utah because they aid in officer accountability. Payne was sent to University Hospital to collect blood from a man injured in a fatal crash.

A police detective was sacked Tuesday for his role in the arrest of a nurse at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Hospital who was handcuffed and shoved into a squad auto as she was trying to protect an unconscious patient's legal rights, according to The Washington Post.

"Without the body camera footage, it would have been a she-said, they-said", Porter said. "Without that, my story never would have had the impact that it had", she said. A knife was later found at the scene, according to police.

The incident, which took place on July 26 at the University of Utah hospital, saw Wubbels explaining that hospital policy required a warrant, patient consent or the patient to be under arrest to draw blood from a man who had been injured in a auto crash.

"I am struck and dismayed by the discourtesy, disrespect and lack of consideration you displayed toward Ms. Wubbels", Brown continued in his 17-page letter. University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy apologized to Wubbels in September, saying footage of the incident showed "how poorly the situation was handled".

Brown said Tracy's decades of service to the department were outweighed by the "complete lack of judgment in this incident".

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Their boss said their actions had undermined public trust. It came after a monthslong internal affairs investigation. "But I think the chief reacted to a lot of public pressure and scrutiny in making a decision that doesn't fit the conduct". In light of the investigation, the department chose to fire Payne, while his commander was demoted back to officer.

She was later released without charges. "And that's why I'm going to advise Jeff to appeal this", he said.

"Skordas has acknowledged Payne made a mistake". A lawyer for Tracy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Accordingly, we will refrain from any specific remarks outside of the process that might be perceived by others to be insubordinate.

Patrick Harmon was killed by a Salt Lake City cop. "We will address the facts in that forum". But she also said she didn't believe there was any other acceptable alternative. "I do not think the truth would have been told without the bodycam footage".

Porter said she was still evaluating how she felt about Tracy's punishment. The video shows Wubbels screaming for him to nstop as he forced her out the door toward a police vehicle.

The next step for Wubbels will be deciding whether to file a civil lawsuit. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behavior. How that dialogue goes will help determine what happens next, she said.

Also of note in this case is Salt Lake City's focus on police de-escalation training. "And I think the council has some work to do around that", he said.