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Chief fires officer who arrested U. nurse; lieutenant demoted

Chief fires officer who arrested U. nurse; lieutenant demoted

But Harmon's family and civil rights activists applauded the decision to involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying the district attorney should resign for defending the officer.

Detective Jeff Payne was sacked and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust. He was an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck.

Dramatic body cam footage of the August 13 shooting shows Salt Lake Police Officer Clinton Fox yelling, "I'll (expletive) shoot you" before firing his gun at 50-year-old Patrick Harmon from behind.

Payne nevertheless insisted on the blood draw, saying the evidence would protect the man.

The detective, with direction from his supervisor that day, 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 caused outcries of protest from across the country and prompted Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Brown to personally apologize to Wubbels for the way she was treated while doing her job. He could be seen in multiple body camera videos grabbing Wubbels by the arms, handcuffing her and forcing her into an unmarked vehicle as she cried "you're assaulting me" and "this is insane".

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

In his letter to Tracy, Brown called him the "catalyst that led to the arrest". The hospital responded by barring law enforcement from patient-care areas and direct contact with nurses.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated 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", Brown wrote.

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request. It came after a monthslong internal affairs investigation. "This is insane", she said as she was led away.

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Their boss said their actions had undermined public trust.

Porter told the Tribune she plans to meet with city officials next to discuss potential financial settlements. Ms. Wubbels pleads for help as she is arrested. They were considering legal action, she said.

Police chief Mike Brown made a decision to terminate Payne's employment after reviewing information about the incident, records showed.

Ms Wubbels told reporters at a news conference in September: "The only job I have as a nurse is to keep my patients safe".

"More than anything, I think I owe it to the body camera footage to really tell the story of what happened".

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