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FBI Asked to Investigative Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man from Behind

FBI Asked to Investigative Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man from Behind

"I am deeply troubled by your lack of sound, professional judgment and your discourteous, disrespectful and unwarranted behavior, which unnecessarily escalated a situation that could and should have been resolved in a manner far different from the course of action you chose to pursue", the letter read.

Last month, an internal investigation found Payne and his watch commander Lt. James Tracey violated policies when they arrested the nurse.

In the police video of the incident, Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in a police auto when she refused to allow officers to obtain a blood sample from a crash victim at the hospital without a warrant.

Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne, said his client plans to appeal a firing he considers unfair and over the top.

"We are disappointed with the decision and will be filing an appeal this week".

A police detective was sacked Tuesday for his role in the arrest of a nurse at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Hospital who was handcuffed and shoved into a squad vehicle as she was trying to protect an unconscious patient's legal rights, according to The Washington Post.

Payne nevertheless insisted on the blood draw, saying the evidence would protect the man.

On Tuesday, Wubbels said she was thankful for the interest in her story worldwide, and for the body camera video.

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Skordas believes Brown was under heavy public pressure to take serious action because of the tremendous attention the case has received.

In this case, the patient wasn't suspected of wrongdoing William Gray, 43, a commercial truck driver and an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer, was driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck. The incident went viral after body cam video emerged of the altercation, sparking a conversation about the officers unnecessary use of force and nurse and patient's rights.

Dramatic body cam footage of the August 13 shooting shows Salt Lake Police Officer Clinton Fox yelling, "I'll (expletive) shoot you" before firing his gun at 50-year-old Patrick Harmon from behind. The hospital responded by barring law enforcement from patient-care areas and direct contact with nurses.

In his letter to Tracy, Brown called him the "catalyst that led to the arrest". He says Fox has the "training, judgment and ability to make split-second decisions in dynamic situations".

In the police body cam video, Payne expressed repeated frustration after the nurse told him he would not obtain a blood sample.

"Substantial damage has been done to the Department's relationship with nurses, the Hospital and, equally important, the public we serve", he wrote. Porter said she and her client will be meeting with city officials as well as University of Utah police over the next couple of weeks.

"Chief Brown took significant steps, and seems to understand the importance of regaining public trust", Porter wrote in a tweet.


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