Utah police officer fired after investigation into nurse's arrest

Salt Lake County DA requests review from FBI regarding officer involved shooting	 	 	 			Patrick Harmon

The Salt Lake City police detective, Jeff Payne, who was caught on video aggressively arresting a nurse who was trying to protect an unconscious patient has been fired.

"In examining your conduct, I am deeply troubled by your lack of sound professional judgment and your discourteous, disrespectful, and unwarranted behavior, which unnecessarily escalated a situation that could and should have been resolved in a manner far different from the course of action you chose to pursue".

"I have lost faith in your ability to continue to serve", police chief Mike Brown wrote in the termination letter.

Ms Wubbels's lawyer, Karra Porter, told the Deseret News on Tuesday: "If detective Payne does not believe this is a fireable offense, then I'm glad detective Payne will not be out on the street in uniform tomorrow".

Payne's superior, Lieutenant James Tracy, was demoted to the rank of officer.

In a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, Gill said, "In order to be thorough, and given the seriousness of the case and the considerable public interest in the matter, all issues must be completely examined to preserve the public's trust in the criminal justice system and ensure the right measures are taken in this case".

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Mr Payne and Mr Tracy through a public records request.

"You inappropriately acted against Ms. Wubbels", Brown added. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behaviour. "I do not think the truth would have been told without the bodycam footage".

Porter told the Tribune she plans to meet with city officials next to discuss potential financial settlements.

But they were stopped by nurse Alex Wubbels, who said they could not get a sample without a warrant or consent from the patient.

The patient was not suspected of wrongdoing. He was a taking a break save Idaho cop driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man escaping police in a pickup truck.

After displaying the blood draw protocol, the officer arrested Wubbels and placed her in his squad vehicle.

Ms Wubbels was later freed from the handcuffs and has not been charged.

The two officers were researched and set on paid managerial leave after the video ended up noticeably open.

"The decision... is in keeping with the high level of accountability we owe the people of Salt Lake City", Mayor Jackie Biskupski explained, according to CNN.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, opened a criminal investigation into the arrest and asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations.

Payne was likewise let go from low maintenance work as a paramedic after he was discovered on camera saying he'd take transient patients to the University of Utah healing center where Wubbels worked and transport "great patients" somewhere else.

His tenure also brought commendations for solving burglary cases and being shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop in 1998.

Tracy, in the mean time, earned tributes for medication and robbery examinations.

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