A Utah police officer who was captured on body-cam footage arresting a nurse who refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient was fired on Tuesday.
Detective Jeff Payne was axed after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, a police spokesman [said].
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.
And Payne’s supervisor, Lt James Tracy, has been demoted to officer:
Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Chief Brown wrote in his disciplinary letter.
He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated 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.