Fire SLCPD Lt. James Tracy and Det. Jeff Payne
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VICTORY! Det. Jeff Payne has been FIRED from the SLCPD, and Lt. James Tracy has been DEMOTED]
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On July 26, 2017, Salt Lake City Police Detective Jeff Payne physically ASSAULTED and unlawfully ARRESTED nurse Alex Wubbels, at the University of Utah Hospital, because she followed Federal law and hospital policy to protect the rights of an unconscious patient. The supervising officer on duty, Lt. James Tracy, directed Det. Payne to arrest Wubbels. These SLCPD officers needed either a search warrant, the patient's consent or to arrest the unconscious patient/victim in order to receive a blood sample - he and his fellow officers did none of these. Instead, they assaulted, harassed, threatened, taunted and handcuffed Nurse Wubbels (full video link below).
On August 31, 2017, police body cam and surveillance videos were released of the felony assault on a healthcare worker, unlawful arrest, and criminal coercion to circumvent and violate Federal law.
We DEMAND that Watch Commander Lt. James Tracy be TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY from the SLCPD for his ordering the assault and unlawful arrest of a law-abiding healthcare worker, and for his abuse of power and criminal intent to subvert the law. He does not understand the law, so he cannot enforce the law. There is no acceptable alternative!
We DEMAND that Det. Jeff Payne be TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY from the SLCPD for his assault against a healthcare worker (a felony, see link to Utah law below) while carrying a weapon, and for his abuse of power and criminal intent to subvert the law. There is no acceptable alternative!
In addition, we DEMAND that Jeff Payne, as a paramedic, be TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY from Gold Cross Ambulance of Utah for his alarming remarks about patient transport. There is no acceptable alternative!
[ UPDATE 9/5/17: VICTORY! Payne has been fired from Gold Cross Ambulance ]
We SUPPORT any and all criminal charges and civil suits brought against Det. Payne, Lt. Tracy, and the UofU Public Safety officers who stood idle as Nurse Wubbels was assaulted and handcuffed; and, against the SLC Police Department for its failure to have policies and training already in place that matched and followed State and Federal laws, including the already-established agreement between SLCPD and the University of Utah Healthcare on this matter.
Lastly, we CALL for an end to: police brutality, abuse and excessive force used on innocent, law-abiding citizens; workplace violence and harassment; and warrantless searches and seizures as ensured by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
[FULL VIDEO ~19 min]
[UTAH CODE, Section 102.7]
"Assault against health care provider and emergency medical service worker -- Penalty. (Effective 5/9/2017)"
[VICTORY! 9/5/17 Jeff Payne Has Been Terminated from Gold Cross Ambulance]
[VICTORY! 10/2/17 Det. Jeff Payne has been FIRED from the SLCPD, and Lt. James Tracy has been DEMOTED]
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