Detective Jeff Payne, the Utah police officer who forcefully handcuffed a nurse after refusing to allow a patient's blood to be drawn, has been fired.
Chief Mike Brown decided to release Payne on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Body-camera footage showed nurse Alex Wubbels being dragged outside the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City after she requested Payne show a warrant or a formal consent to draw blood from a patient. She explained that hospital policy required at least one of those requirements be met.
Brown issued an apology after the July 26 incident and the police department updated their policies in response.
"I was alarmed by what I saw between our officer and Miss Wubbels," Brown said. "I am sad at the rift this has caused between law enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with. I want to be very clear: we take this very seriously."
Greg Skordas, who is representing Payne, has challenged whether Payne's actions justified him getting fired, given his decorated 27 years of service as an officer.