Last month, The Goldwater reported on a nurse in Utah who was wrongfully arrested in a dramatic video for simply doing her job. Now the Salt Lake City Police Department has fired the officer who went on an angry tirade and roughly handcuffed the innocent nurse.
Sargent Brandon Shearer is a spokesman for the department and he confirmed that the officer seen in the video was indeed fired Tuesday after being on administrative leave since the incident. The Associated Press obtained a disciplinary letter written by the Salt Lake City police chief, Mike Brown. The letter condemned Detective Payne's actions as "inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful,” and indicated that he had caused “significant disrepute” for the department.
The letter directly criticized the former detective, "“You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment (especially for an officer with 27 years of experience), which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department." Chief Brown also renounced Payne and cited a lack of confidence, "I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department."
The confrontation occurred on July 26 when Detective Payne demanded a blood sample from a patient in a coma following a fatal crash during a police pursuit. The subject whose blood Payne sought was a victim of a criminal who slammed his vehicle head-on into his truck causing it to burst into flames. The law cites one of three requirements to obtain a blood sample, patient consent (which he could not give being unconscious) a warrant (which Payne did not have) or the patient is under arrest (which he was not).
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