Investigators: Officers involved in U. nurse arrest violated department policies

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Salt Lake Mayor Jackie Biskupski briefs media in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, about the Internal Affairs and Police Civilian Review Board investigations regarding the actions of two Salt Lake City Police Department officers from the Alex Wubbels arrest at the University of Utah Medical Center.

SALT LAKE CITY — Two investigations into the actions of two Salt Lake City police officers involved in the widely publicized arrest of University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels have found the officers violated several department policies.

On Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced that the police department’s Internal Affairs investigation and an inquiry conducted by the independent Police Civilian Review Board had been completed.

Both found policy violations that included conduct unbecoming of an officer, an obligation to abide by policy and orders, courtesy in public contacts, violating the department’s code of ethics and violating department policy regarding misdemeanor arrests.

Both officers now have 20 days to respond to the reports. After that, the reports will go to Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown, who will ultimately decide what, if any, actions should be taken.

The reports do not make any recommendations on what appropriate disciplinary action would be.

A probe by the FBI and an investigation by the Unified Police Department on behalf of the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office were still ongoing Wednesday.

Payne was taken off the blood draw program and an internal investigation was launched within 24 hours of the July 26 incident with Wubbels in July. But it wasn’t until the video was publicly released on Aug. 31 that both officers were placed on leave.

Payne has since been fired from his part-time job at Gold Cross Ambulance. He has retained defense attorneys Greg and Rebecca Hyde Skordas while Tracy has hired defense attorneys Ed Brass and Kim Cordova to represent him.

Tracy was the watch commander or supervisor on duty when Salt Lake police received a request from the Logan Police…

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