Officer plans to appeal firing in nurse arrest

Wednesday, 11 Oct, 2017

The Salt Lake City Police Department has fired the police detective who was video recorded aggressively hand-cuffing a hospital nurse who refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient in July.

Payne's lawyer, Greg Skordas, has pointed to the officer's decorated 27-year history and questioned whether his behavior warranted termination.

His lawyer, Ed Brass, could not immediately be reached by the Associated Press.

Patrick Harmon's sister Antoinette Harmon said Monday that watching the footage of the August 13 shooting is heartbreaking and shows police didn't do enough to de-escalate the situation.

"Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department", Chief Brown said.

"The trust problem has not been resolved by these actions", Porter said Tuesday evening.

Ms Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behaviour.

The case shows the vital importance of officers wearing body cameras and making those videos available to the public, Porter said.

The family of black man fatally shot after he ran from police in Utah says body-camera footage of the shooting shows that the officer should lose his job.

Asked about a potential lawsuit, Porter said she expects to meet soon with city officials to discuss next steps that could include settlement talks.

Payne and Tracey have five days to appeal Chief Brown's action. She was prohibited from drawing blood from a patient who was not a suspect and was unable to sign a consent form.

The incident was sparked by the case of an off duty Idaho reserve police officer whose vehicle was struck by another motorist fleeing the police in a pickup truck. Payne had neither but insisted. Brown faulted Payne for, among other things, not seeking to de-escalate his confrontation with Wubbels by taking his demands to her supervisor.

After the video became public in September, both cops were placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. On October 4 the DA's office published a letter, stating that it would not be filing charges against the Salt Lake City Police Department Officer that killed him.

Prosecutors have also opened a criminal probe and asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine if there were civil rights violations.

Payne and Tracy were placed on leave pending the investigation, and Payne was sacked from his part-time job as an ambulance driver.

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.

Mr Tracy, meanwhile, earned commendations for drug and burglary investigations.