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Arrest of nurse who refused to draw blood broke policies: mayor



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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Arrest of nurse who refused to draw blood broke policies: mayor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SALT LAKE CITY — 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, didn’t return messages seeking comment.

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