Officer plans to appeal firing in nurse arrest

Nurse Alex Wubbels followed hospital policy and advice from her bosses when she told Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne that he could not get the blood sample without a warrant or consent from the patient said her lawyer Karra Porter

Nurse Alex Wubbels followed hospital policy and advice from her bosses when she told Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne that he could not get the blood sample without a warrant or consent from the patient said her lawyer Karra Porter

"In making his decision, I am confident Chief Brown balanced the unique stresses each of our police officers deal with daily, and the responsibility they have as leaders in our community".

Payne's supervisor, James Tracy, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to the rank of police officer over his role in the arrest.

Wubbels, the charge nurse on duty, politely explained the hospital's policy and even got a hospital supervisor on the phone to defend her. He could be seen in multiple body camera videos grabbing Wubbels by the arms, handcuffing her and forcing her into an unmarked vehicle as she cried "you're assaulting me" and "this is insane".

The video, recorded by a police body camera, of the rough arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels went viral, drawing widespread condemnation and renewing the national debate over the appropriate use of force by the police. 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.

Both officers were investigated and placed on paid administrative leave after the video became public.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated the situation.

"The decision ... is in keeping with the high level of accountability we owe the people of Salt Lake City", Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement.

The chief acknowledged in his letter that Payne had withheld important information that might have changed Tracy's mind, but said it did not excuse his actions that day.

'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.

Moreover, when Wubbels defended the hospital's policy, buttressed by a 2016 Supreme Court ruling citing that warrantless blood draws are a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment, she was rebuffed. "It will take considerable time and resources to rebuild that trust".

Wubbels's attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust. She also reaffirmed her support for Chief Brown. "But further discussions are needed".

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. "This is insane", she said as she was led away.

Wubbels has faulted officers from the university for refusing to intervene in her arrest after she asked for their help.

'Without the body camera footage, it would have been a she-said, they-said, ' Porter said. The video shows Wubbels screaming for him to nstop as he forced her out the door toward a police vehicle. "Without that, my story never would have had the impact it has had".

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