The Utah officer caught on video aggressively arrested nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient back in July, was previously disciplined for sexually harassing a female co-worker.
According to the Associated Press, an internal affairs investigations by Salt Lake City police have confirmed allegations that Detective Jeff Payne harassed a fellow employee in a "severe and persistent" way back in 2013. That harassment consisted of unwanted physical contact and a disparaging email.
Payne also faced a vehicle-chase complaint from the Utah Highway Patrol in 1995. That resulted in a two-week suspension without pay, according to records. In that incident, the officer who spent 27 years with the police department “violated the police code of ethics on cooperation with other officers and courtesy toward other agencies," according to documents.
Payne’s discipline history was released after the Associated Press and other media outlets requested a public-records request.
The nurse who was arrested, Alex Wubbels, is currently looking into Payne's history.
Detective Jeff Payne and Wubbels argued on camera after Wubbels explained that she can not take blood from an unconscious patient unless the patient has been arrested, has given previous consent, or if there is a warrant. Payne ackowledged that none of those situations were the case, but persisted with threats to penalize Wubbels if she did not cooperate.
The patient in question had been injured in car accident, after police were engaged in a high-speed chase, according to the New Yorker. The chase left another driver dead. Police were looking to see if the injured driver had any illegal substances in their system at the time.
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