FEEL GOOD MOMENT OF THE DAY: UTAH OFFICER TERMINATED AFTER NURSES ARREST

FORMER DAWGS BLOG “DIPSHIDIOT OF THE DAY” RECIPIENT TERMINATED.

10-11-2017

JEFF PAYNE

Utah police officer, Jeff Payne, who was caught on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw was fired Tuesday in a case that became a flashpoint in the ongoing national conversation about police use of force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision after an internal investigation found evidence Detective Jeff Payne violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her out of the hospital as she screamed on July 26, said Sgt. Brandon Shearer, a spokesman for the department.

Attorney Greg Skordas has said Payne served the department well for nearly three decades and questioned whether his behavior warranted termination. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was also demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The case received widespread attention after the body-camera video was released by Wubbels and her lawyer in late August. Her lawyer didn’t have immediate comment on the decision to fire Payne.

It showed her explaining that hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient who had been injured in a car crash.

The patient wasn’t suspected of wrongdoing. He was an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck.

Payne nevertheless insisted, saying the evidence would protect the man. Payne told Wubbels his supervisor said he should arrest her if she didn’t allow the blood draw. Tracy arrived on scene after the arrest and forcefully told a handcuffed Wubbels that she should have allowed the blood draw. She was later released without charge.

Both officers came under investigation and were placed on paid administrative leave after the video became public. Salt Lake City police also apologized and changed their policies in line with Wubbels’ position.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, opened a criminal investigation into the arrest and asked the FBI to probe for possible civil rights violations.

Payne was also fired from a part-time job as a paramedic after he was caught on camera saying he’d take transient patients to the University of Utah hospital where Wubbels worked and take the “good patients” elsewhere as retribution.

JEFF PAYNE,UTAH OFFICER, WAS TOLD NOT TO WORRY ABOUT SAMPLE…….

OFFICER PAYNE STILL INSISTED BLOOD BE DRAWN……

A Utah police officer and a former dipshit of the day on DAWGS BLOG, See  rough arrest of a hospital nurse  has drawn condemnation put the woman in handcuffs even after investigators told him not to worry about getting a blood sample he was seeking from a patient, the chief whose department asked for it said Friday.

Officers initially wanted the sample as a routine part of a car crash investigation, said Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen. But after Salt Lake City Police detective Jeff Payne was told he’d need a warrant or formal consent to get it, colleagues told him that they would pursue another strategy.

“He simply said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We’ll go another way,'” Jensen said. Payne nevertheless insisted.

WUBBLES

When nurse Alex Wubbels held her ground based on the University of Utah hospital’s policy, Payne dragged her screaming from the hospital in handcuffs. Salt Lake City police apologized and put Payne on paid leave after dramatic video of the July 26 arrest surfaced.

Police spokeswoman Christina Judd said an internal review will look at the directions Payne received and how he responded.

Prosecutors also opened a criminal investigation that widened Thursday when the district attorney asked the FBI to look into possible civil rights violations.

Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, declined to comment Friday.

Payne was supported by his supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, who is shown on the body-camera video continuing to insist that police have the right to get the blood after

Wubbels was handcuffed in a police car.

Tracy’s lawyer told the Deseret News that he’s been the target of multiple online threats and had to shut down his social media pages since the video was released. Attorney Ed Brass said Tracy has served Salt Lake City for nearly 30 years, and judgment should be withheld until a full investigation is complete. Tracy has also been placed on paid leave.

The patient, William Gray of Rigby, Idaho, had been driving a tractor-trailer in northern Utah when he was hit head-on by a man fleeing from Utah Highway Patrol troopers in a pickup truck.

The troopers had tried to stop the pickup for reckless driving but the man sped away, the highway patrol said in a statement. The pickup driver was killed when the two vehicles collided. The semi exploded and caught fire.

Gray was flown 75 miles south to the University of Utah hospital’s burn unit. Police from Logan, near the scene of the crash, were called in to investigate.

DAWG SAYS:

Did he also falsify a police report in his justification of the arrest?

UPDATE AND FEEL GOOD MOMENT: SALT LAKE OFFICER PUT ON LEAVE…….

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As reported yesterday in DAWGS BLOG a dumass officer arrested a nurse for following the law, see post and video HERE, here is an update:

The Salt Lake City police officer who arrested and allegedly assaulted a nurse for refusing a blood draw from an unconscious patient has been placed on administrative leave, the mayor’s office said Friday.

In a body cam video taken July 26 at the University of Utah Medical Center that went viral Friday, nurse Alex Wubbels is seen explaining to Salt Lake detective Jeff Payne that she couldn’t allow a blood draw on a patient who had been injured in a car accident. Wubbels told Payne that the patient is required to be conscious to give consent, unless the patient is under arrest or if officers had a warrant.

Wubbels points out to Payne that these parameters are spelled out in an agreement between the hospital and the department.

Despite the warning, Payne is heard saying, “We are done, we are done, you are under arrest.”

He can then be seen grabbing Wubbels and cuffing her as she screams, “You’re assaulting me stop! I’ve done nothing wrong! This is crazy! This is crazy!”

In the video, Payne’s partner could be heard trying to calm his partner down during the arrest.

Another officer is heard saying, “I don’t think this arrest is going to stick.”

The hospital security camera also captured parts of the incident, including what appears to be officers forcing her outside.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski said there will be a criminal investigation by the Salt Lake City police department and the district attorney. As a result of the criminal investigation, the officer is being placed on full administrative leave.

“The only job I have is to keep my patient safe,” Wubbels said in a press conference Friday.

DAWG SAYS

I STRONGLY BELIEVE WE SHOULD SUPPPORT OUR OFFICERS BUT IN RETURN THEY SHOULD RETURN IN KIND. THIS GUY HAS NO BUSINESS BEING WEARING A BADGE.