(National Sentinel) Law & Disorder: A Salt Lake City police detective who violently arrested an E.R. nurse after she refused to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient has himself been fired.
You may recall that, back in July, Detective Jeff Payne busted nurse Alex Wubbels despite the fact that the patient was not a suspect in any crime but a victim who also just happened to be a reserve police officer himself in Idaho.
Being out of it, he couldn’t consent for a blood sample and there was no probable cause for Payne to request or demand one. Also, he did not have a warrant.
The Supreme Court has been crystal clear on this issue and Payne, as part of the SLC’s phlebotomy unit, had to have known this fact.
Still, he violently arrested Wubbels and nearly dragged her out of the E.R., while of course it was all captured on video.
The video went viral and outraged millions who saw it. It also didn’t play well in Salt Lake City: The mayor and the department’s police chief issued public apologies to Wubbels.
Then the local district attorney opened a criminal investigation into Payne’s actions. Then the FBI got involved.
Now, weeks after the disturbing footage was posted online and broadcast on various news outlets, Payne has been fired. The Hill reported:
A Salt Lake City Police spokesman told the AP that police chief Mike Brown decided to fire the officer on Tuesday after an investigation into the incident.
The officer, Detective Jeff Payne, was seen on film dragging a crying nurse out of the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City after she prevented law enforcement from taking blood from an unconscious patient.
We support law enforcement here at TNS and understand the extremely difficult job police have in keeping us safe and society from completely breaking down. But this act by Payne seemed inappropriate, excessive and unwarranted. Apparently, his former department agreed. Apparently, his former department agreed.
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