We all watched the viral video, recorded by a police body camera, that shows the rough arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels, drawing widespread condemnation. Our readers had a lot of opinions on this situation and thankfully we can report that the Salt Lake City Police Department has fired the police detective who was recorded on video aggressively handcuffing a hospital nurse who refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient in July.
Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown relieved Detective Jeff Payne of his duties and disciplined his watch commander, Lt. James Tracey, by demoting him to the rank of officer.
The action comes after an internal affairs report released Sept. 13, which found that both officers were in violation of department policy. In a highly detailed "notice of decision" letter, Brown said the two officers failed in their requirement to treat all citizens "equally with courtesy, consideration and dignity."
"You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment (especially for an officer with 27 years of experience), which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department," Brown wrote.
"You inappropriately acted against Ms. Wubbels," wrote Brown.
Payne and Tracey have five days to appeal Brown's action.
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