Utah Officer Fired For Arrest of Nurse, Recorded On Video

Salt Lake Police Officer fired after U of U Nurse Wubbels incident	 	 	 			University of Utah Nurse Alex Wubbels

Salt Lake Police Officer fired after U of U Nurse Wubbels incident University of Utah Nurse Alex Wubbels

The footage went viral when Wubbels and her attorney released it in early September, prompting apologies from Brown and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, both of whom said Wubbels never should have been arrested.

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.

Payne's supervisor, Lt James Tracy, was demoted to officer.

Attorney Greg Skordas said Tuesday that Detective Jeff Payne would likely still be employed if body-camera footage hadn't generated widespread attention online.

Wubbels says without the body camera footage as proof of the incident, it may have only been a he-said-she-said story.

The incident was sparked by the case of an off duty Idaho reserve police officer whose vehicle was struck by another motorist fleeing the police in a pickup truck.

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

Payne told Wubbels his supervisor said he should arrest her if she didn't allow the draw.

Payne insisted, and the dispute ended with him dragging her outside as she screamed she had done nothing wrong. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn't immediately be reached. 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.

Patrick Harmon's sister Antoinette Harmon said Monday that watching the footage of the August 13 shooting is heartbreaking and shows police didn't do enough to de-escalate the situation.

'Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department, ' Brown said.

Wubbels's attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behavior. "In making his decision, I am confident Chief Brown balanced the unique stresses each of our police officers deal with daily, and the responsibility they have as leaders in our community". "This is insane", she said as she was led away. Wubbels was later freed from the handcuffs and has not been charged.

Payne and Tracy were placed on leave pending the investigation, and Payne was sacked from his part-time job as an ambulance driver.

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