The veteran Utah cop who drew national outrage after body cam footage showed him manhandling and violently arresting a hospital nurse was sacked and his supervisor was demoted following an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department. He's also shown on video continuing to push for the blood draw as she sat cuffed in a police auto. Wubbels, head nurse of the hospital's burn unit, is seen calmly telling the detective that a warrant or the patient's consent would be required. She was later released without charge. A blood draw in that case was also unconstitutional and violated Utah state law; something Payne should have known.
On July 26, Payne was sent to University Hospital to collect blood from a man injured in a crash that killed the driver who caused it.
The Associated Press learned of the firings only after obtaining disciplinary letters through a public records request.
The detective, with direction from his supervisor that day, Lt. James Tracy, ultimately arrested the screaming nurse after physically pushing her out of the emergency room and holding her against a wall while handcuffing her. Police body camera video of the incident prompted outcries of protest from across the country and spurred Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake Police Deparmtnet Chief Mike Brown to apologize to Wubbels for the way she was treated while doing her job.
"I am deeply troubled that an officer with 27 years of experience would choose to pursue the course of action and behave in the manner that you did", the letter adds.
Payne snapped a few minutes later, grabbing Wubbels by the arm and handcuffing her before shoving her into an unmarked vehicle.
Payne said he had explicitly been told by his supervisor that he should arrest Wubbels if she refused to cooperate.
"Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable", Brown wrote to Tracy.
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.
The officers have five days to appeal.