Nobody in Utah is about to let Jeff Payne forget about his idiotic excessive use of force back in 2017. He’s back in the news because local media got wind he’s working in law enforcement again.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the former detective was hired on August 9, for a part time clerical job at the Weber County Jail. A representative of the Weber County Sheriff’s office confirms “Payne is a part-time corrections assistant, not a sworn officer, at the county’s jail.”
Payne still thinks he was right that fateful day, when he wrestled the screaming nurse out of the Emergency room. He lost his job as a detective, and his night job as a paramedic over it. For at least the next year, he worked minimum wage jobs.
He doesn’t hold any grudges against Alex Wubbels personally, he knows she was just doing her job. He insists that he was too. “I was hoping I could do anything to avoid arresting her. But when the barrier was put up by her boss, I felt there was no other alternative than to do what I had been ordered to do.”
He dragged Wubbels out of the hospital screaming, “Help! Help! Somebody help me! Stop! Stop! I did nothing wrong!” Things weren’t going well at all that day, “she kept struggling with me. So I had to use that little bit of force to get her out the door and get this situation under control.”
That isn’t what his superiors decided after the investigation. Police spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer explains, “He could have asked her to step outside. Or step into another room, rather than arresting her in the middle of the emergency room.”
On July 26, 2017, a patient had been brought in to the burn unit of the University of Utah Hospital. He had just been set on fire in a head on collision. Payne wanted to draw blood from him. Alex Wubbles was in charge and she refused. He wasn’t a suspect, he was a victim. A Dashcam caught the explosive crash on tape.
Payne had no warrant and her patient was in no condition to give consent. Payne wasn’t going away empty handed. “I either go away with blood in vials or body in tow,” Payne promised and kept it.
The whole arrest was caught on camera. Wubbels can be seen talking to her supervisor on the phone trying to straighten the mess out. After Payne cuffed her and dragged her out to his cruiser, Payne’s Lieutenant tried to illegally coerce Wubbels into giving them a blood sample. Without a warrant. She held her ground.
The patient died, it isn’t clear if the loss of his doctor at a crucial time was a factor but the incident was quietly settled out of court.
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