The Utah police officer who inexcusably assaulted and arrested a nurse protecting a patient from a violation of his rights has once again gotten more bad news, as the fallout from the incident continues.
Under the Fourth Amendment, it is generally illegal to draw blood from a person without a warrant. The Supreme Court definitively held this in Missouri vs McNeely in 2013. This officer apparently did not care, though, and despite the nurse’s protestations he hurled her out and cuffed her for obstructing his investigation.
The case has caught national attention and caused an uproar. The officer is now being investigated because of the abuse of authority and violation of the law. However, he is also suffering from other repercussions, as he has now lost his second job as a paramedic, Salt Lake City’s FOX13 is reporting.
The Salt Lake City detective accused of unfairly arresting a University of Utah Hospital nurse has been fired from his part-time job as a paramedic with Gold Cross Ambulance.
“The determination we made was best for everyone concerned, that we separate our ways and let Jeff go,” said Mike Moffitt, president of Gold Cross Ambulance.
Moffitt said Gold Cross placed Payne on administrative leave on Friday because of comments he made in body camera footage from the July arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels. The footage was released on Thursday.
In the footage, he was heard saying rather derogatory statements about patients brought to this hospital.
“I wonder how this will affect my Gold Cross job?” Payne said.
Another officer asked “Do you work up here?”
“I bring patients here,” Payne replied.
“Yeah, they’re not going to be very happy.”
“I’ll bring them all the transients and take good patients elsewhere,” Payne finally states.
Gold Cross issued the following statement regarding their decision.
“Gold Cross Ambulance in Salt Lake City, Utah has terminated Jeff Payne as a part-time Paramedic effective immediately. Although Jeff was not working for Gold Cross Ambulance at the time of the incident, we take his inappropriate remarks regarding patient transports seriously.
We acknowledge those concerned individuals who have contacted us regarding this incident and affirm our commitment to serving all members of the community with kindness and respect. We will continue to maintain our values of outstanding patient focused care, safety, and the complete trust of the communities we serve.”
Following the incident, the ambulance company received a deluge of phone calls from across the country about the officer’s conduct.
“We’re going to cause violence, we’re going to beat you up, we’re going to blow you up,” Moffit said, recalling what callers told him.
All the calls tied up their lines so badly that he even had to start taking ambulance requests on his own cell phone. Luckily, the harassing calls had died down by Tuesday. (If you’re one of the people who called their emergency lines to threaten them, shame on you).
I can’t say that Payne didn’t deserve this. He assaulted the nurse and attempted to forcibly violate the patient’s rights; a patient who, by the way, is also a police officer himself.
There is no excuse for what the officer did, absolutely none. He should be fired from the department and prosecuted. Anything less would be an injustice to the nurse and to the patient.