by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
The University of Utah Hospital was thrust into the spotlight in September of 2017 after Body Cam footage was released that showed Detective Jeff Payne arrest Nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26. One of the most astonishing aspects of the encounter was that Wubbels did nothing wrong. She was defending the rights of an unconscious patient when police demanded a blood sample from him, and the fact that she told Payne “No” became probable cause for her arrest. Now, after the taxpayers were held accountable — instead of the officer — Payne has been quietly rehired.by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
urse Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter, announced in 2017 that they settled with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $653,000. After the taxpayers shelled out the cash, Payne got another job with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
While Salt Lake City Police claimed they changed their procedures for how police officers interact with medical professionals, it should be noted that a criminal investigation into Payne’s actions was not issued until the video of the encounter went viral — over one month after it happened. What’s more, as this recent hiring illustrates, it had no bearing on his future employment in law enforcement.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the county’s human resources office said Payne was hired August 9th to work part time at the jail in a position that does not include benefits. Sheriff’s officials later confirmed that Payne was hired as a “civilian corrections assistant” to work in the medical unit of the jail. According to the report, this is the second time in just weeks that the Weber County Sheriff’s Office has hired a peace officer who was fired from a previous job.
The other officer hired by the sheriff’s department was a former University of Utah detective who was fired for ignoring the concerns of Lauren McCluskey. As TFTP reported at the time, McCluskey was murdered by a deranged stalker after her multiple reports to police were ignored.
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