Salt Lake City, UT- A Salt Lake City Police spokesman said Chief Mike Brown made the decision to terminate detective Jeff Payne Tuesday following an investigation. Jeff Payne, was the officer caught on camera assaulting a nurse because she refused to share blood samples without a warrant. The arrest became another example in the ongoing national conversation about police use of force.
Body-camera video showed nurse Alex Wubbels explaining hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient injured in a July 26 car crash. Payne had neither but insisted. The dispute ended with him dragging her outside as she screamed she had done nothing wrong.
Police later apologized and changed their policies.
Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, has pointed to the officer’s decorated 27-year history and questioned whether his behavior warranted termination.