Utah Officer Fired From Police Department For Forcibly Handcuffing Nurse Who Refused Blood Draw

It is good to know that not everyone in the United States has lost their mind and that justice is still served. For the Utah officer who illegally arrested a nurse over the summer, he just got served some of the justice that he deserves.

We all remember Alex Wubbels–the Salt Lake City nurse who refused to draw blood from her unconscious patient, and, as a result, was arrested.

As previously reported here at The Federalist Papers Project:

…[A] nurse by the name of Alex Wubbels was arrested after she “refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious crash victim.”

CNN Health reported that “though the man was not a suspect in the wreck, which killed the other driver, police asked for his blood to be drawn”:

Wubbels, the charge nurse in the burn unit, presented the officers with a printout of hospital policy on drawing blood and said their request did not meet the criteria. Hospital policy specified police needed either a judge’s order or the patient’s consent, or the patient needed to be under arrest, before obtaining a blood sample.

“I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do. That’s all,” Wubbels tells the officers, according to the body camera video…

…After Wubbels refuses, the video shows Salt Lake police Det. Jeff Payne walk quickly over to Wubbels, who backs away as he says, “Oh, please. We’re done here. We’re done. We’re done.”

Wubbels shrieks as Payne forces her out the door toward a police car. She screams for him to stop, saying, “I’ve done nothing wrong! I’ve done nothing wrong! Why is this happening? This is crazy!”

News just broke that Detective Jeff Payne has been fired as a result of his behavior and actions on July 26th with the arrest of Alex Wubbels.

According to CNN:

Last month, an internal investigation found Payne and his watch commander Lt. James Tracey violated policies when they arrested the nurse.

Payne’s attorney said the Salt Lake City Police Department dismissed his client and demoted Tracey to the rank of officer.

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

The police department declined to comment on the disciplinary action, but Salt Lake City’s mayor applauded the firing.

“The decision … is in keeping with the high level of accountability we owe the people of Salt Lake City,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement. “In making his decision, I am confident Chief Brown balanced the unique stresses each of our police officers deal with daily, and the responsibility they have as leaders in our community.”

Biskupski said the internal investigation found Payne violated several city and department policies, including those pertaining to arrests, ethics and officer conduct.

Payne was also dismissed from his post as a part-time paramedic as well, and good riddance. Someone willing to arrest a citizen who is following the law and their employer’s policy should not be working at all with a police department or as a paramedic. He should know better than to pull a stunt like this.

What do you think of the outcome of this investigation? Do you agree that Payne should be fired? And, is that enough?

We’d love to hear your thoughts!