They questioned why the police department took action against Payne only after the bodycam footage was released to the public.
In the police video of the incident, Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in a police vehicle when she refused to allow officers to obtain a blood sample from a crash victim at the hospital without a warrant.
Payne insisted, and the dispute ended with him dragging her outside as she screamed she had done nothing wrong. Earlier in 2017 the police department noted to news media that it had tried to get officers to refrain from deadly force.
Mr. Payne's watch commander, James Tracy, was also demoted from lieutenant to officer for his role in the incident.
Payne's attorney said the Salt Lake City Police Department dismissed his client and demoted Tracey to the rank of officer.
Police chief Mike Brown made a decision to terminate Payne's employment after reviewing information about the incident, records showed.
The police department declined to comment on the disciplinary action, but Salt Lake City's mayor applauded the firing. "But I think the chief reacted to a lot of public pressure and scrutiny in making a decision that doesn't fit the conduct".
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.
"More than anything, I think I owe it to the body camera footage to really tell the story of what happened". However, he said, "there was fault at virtually every level". They now match hospital policy that there must be a warrant or a conscious patient who gives their consent.
The patient wasn't suspected of wrongdoing.
In the police body cam video, Payne expressed repeated frustration after the nurse told him he would not obtain a blood sample.
The video showed her explaining that hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient who had been injured in a auto crash.
When she defied the order to draw blood, Payne quickly walked over to her. But she also said she didn't believe there was any other acceptable alternative.
Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne was sacked Tuesday, more than a month after he ignited national controversy when video of his aggressive arrest went viral.
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