Utah cop who dragged nurse in viral video has been fired

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Chief Brown went on to tell Payne he was "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".

Payne's supervisor, Lt James Tracy, was demoted to officer. The two now have five days to file an appeal of the decisions if they wish.

A Utah police officer was sacked Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.

The video showed her explaining that hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient who had been injured in a vehicle crash. After a tense exchange that lasted several minutes, Payne snapped.

Body camera footage of Payne taking nurse Alexandra Wubbels into custody made headlines.

Wubbels was later released without charges.

In this case, the patient wasn't suspected of wrongdoing William Gray, 43, a commercial truck driver and an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer, was driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck. Now, more than a month later, the police department has fired Payne from the force.

The Salt Lake Police Department, in addition to firing Payne, has already put policy changes on blood draws into effect as a result of the incident.

How did the nurse and her attorney respond?

Brown called Tracy the "catalyst that led to the arrest" in his letter Tuesday demoting the officer.

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Payne had previously been disciplined in 2013 after internal-affairs investigators confirmed that he sexually harassed a female co-worker in a "persistent and severe" way. He says Fox has the "training, judgment and ability to make split-second decisions in dynamic situations".

KSL obtained the chief's letters to Payne and Tracy through a public records request.

"Substantial damage has been done to the Department's relationship with nurses, the Hospital and, equally important, the public we serve", he wrote.

Their boss said their actions had undermined public trust. "But further discussions are needed". But she also said she didn't believe there was any other acceptable alternative.

Asked about a potential lawsuit, Porter said she expects to meet soon with city officials to discuss next steps that could include settlement talks. They were considering legal action, she said. He told Wubbels his supervisor said he should arrest her if she didn't allow the draw.

Police Chief Mike Brown notified Payne of the termination in a letter, attorney Greg Skorda said.

Ms Wubbels told reporters at a news conference in September: "The only job I have as a nurse is to keep my patients safe".

One of the ways that they reportedly try to do this is by training officers to slow down so that they have time to rethink their approach.

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