Re­port slams po­lice of­fi­cer who ar­rested Utah nurse

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION -

Of­fi­cials in Salt Lake City have re­leased the re­sults of two in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the widely pub­li­cized ar­rest of a Utah nurse who re­fused to draw blood from an un­con­scious pa­tient, and the con­clu­sions are scathing.

De­tec­tive Jeff Payne was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate, un­rea­son­able, un­war­ranted, dis­re­spect­ful” when he man­han­dled Uni­ver­sity of Utah Hos­pi­tal nurse Alex Wubbels and shoved her scream­ing into a squad car, a probe by the po­lice de­part­ment’s in­ter­nal af­fairs di­vi­sion found.

Payne and his su­per­vi­sor, Lt. James Tracy, vi­o­lated a slew of ethics rules and other de­part­ment poli­cies, dis­grac­ing the po­lice force, ac­cord­ing to the re­port, which was pub­lished by the Salt Lake Tri­bune.

Payne’s con­duct “has brought sig­nif­i­cant dis­re­pute on both you as a Po­lice Of­fi­cer and on the De­part­ment as a whole,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors wrote of the de­tec­tive.

Tracy’s ac­tions were also rep­re­hen­si­ble, the re­port found.

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