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Rough arrest of Utah nurse for defying police broke policy, probe finds

Rough arrest of Utah nurse for defying police broke policy, probe finds
From CBC - September 13, 2017

An investigation into the rough arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient found evidence that police officers violated department policies, the mayor of Salt Lake City said Wednesday.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski discussed the findings in an unusual step aimed at repairing public trust after a video surfaced of the nurse being dragged from the hospital in handcuffs on July 26.

"The rift this has caused in our city must be healed," the mayor said, citing threats made to 911 dispatchers and to her staff following the arrest.

The internal affairs investigation found evidence that Detective Jeff Payne and Lt. James Tracy broke guidelines on arrests, ethics and officer conduct, among others.

Greg Skordas, a lawyer for Payne, said he disputes some of the conclusions in the report and plans to prepare a response for the police chief. Attorney Ed Brass, who represents Tracy, did not return messages seeking comment.

Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown will use the results of the investigation, as well as a civilian review board conclusion that policies were broken, when he decides what consequences the officers will face, the mayor said. There is no deadline for the decision.

Prosecutors have also opened a criminal investigation into the conduct.

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