Ex-SLC PD detective appeals firing over arrest of nurse

Ex-SLC PD detective appeals firing over arrest of nurse

A U.S. police officer who was filmed dragging away a screaming nurse who refused to take blood without consent has been fired, according to reports. The incident has prompted outrage and a top-down review of hospital and police policies when it comes to blood draws. As Wubbels explained to the detective that she could not allow him to draw blood because he lacked a warrant and the patient could not consent, he grabbed her and forced cuffs around her wrists.

Wubbels and her lawyer released the video at a September 1 news conference because they felt the police were not taking the matter seriously enough. Payne's supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was busted down to officer the same day.

According to reports, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

"In examining your conduct", Brown wrote to Payne, "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".

Wubbels pointed out that Payne had neither and even asked a supervisor to back her.

"I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department", Brown wrote.

Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne, has said his client served the department well for almost three decades and questioned whether his behavior warranted termination. He and the police supervisor who ordered Wubbels' arrest remained on administrative leave until Payne's firing on October 10. Skordas couldn't immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, Fox 7 news reported.

Payne was captured in phone and body camera video grabbing University Hospital Burn Unit nurse Alex Wubbels, placing her in handcuffs, and forcing her to his patrol auto.

The officers have five days to appeal.