Officer Who Unlawfully Arrested Nurse Just Got Fired: Report
Last week a video broke out of a police officer forcefully arresting a Utah nurse after she refused to allow law enforcement to draw blood from an unconscious patient. On Tuesday the Associated Press reported that the officer was fired from his post as a paramedic.
According to the AP, the ambulance company’s president spoke out to condemn the actions taken by Detective Jeff Payne.
Payne was initially put on paid leave by the Salt Lake City police department, but now he has lost his part-time job as a paramedic.
The AP also reported that the hospital has banned law enforcement from directly interacting with nurses.
Nurse Alex Wubbels, who was forcefully handled, was not charged for defending the patient.
According to the AP, Salt Lake City Police have begun an investigation into the matter. The city’s mayor has also offered an apology to Wubbels on behalf of Payne.