Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Utah cops Jeff Payne, James Tracy arrest nurse for doing job - Update II

Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Det. Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels. Brown said in a disciplinary letter that 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.

Payne's supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer. Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Brown wrote.
A Utah hospital said its nurses will no longer interact with police whatsoever. "I need to make sure this never, ever, ever happens to another one of our care providers again," said Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer at the University of Utah Hospital. Instead of interacting with nurses, cops will be directed to health supervisors "who are highly trained on rules and laws"
A Utah police department is making changes after an officer dragged a screaming nurse out of a hospital in handcuffs when she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. 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
Detective Jeff Payne
Police reports indicate that Payne was told by his lieutenant, James Tracy, to get the blood sample. Tracy, the watch commander on duty that night, said to arrest Wubbels for interfering with a police investigation if she refused to let him get the sample, according to his report.

Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief apologized. Police Chief Mike Brown said in a statement, “I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer and Ms. Wubbels."
A Salt Lake police detective whose arrest of a University Hospital nurse sparked a worldwide outcry was fired Tuesday from his part-time position as a Gold Cross Ambulance paramedic. Gold Cross officials said Jeff Payne's termination was effective immediately. As the arrest incident was wrapping up, Payne's body camera video recorded him telling Salt Lake Police Lt. James Tracy, "I’ll bring 'em all the transients and take the good patients elsewhere," referring to who he transports to University Hospital.