SALT LAKE CITY --
A Utah police officer who was caught on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw was fired Tuesday in a case that became a flashpoint in the ongoing national conversation about police use of force.Jackboots is fired, and Lt. Shitforbrains is now demoted all the way down to Officer Shitforbrains.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision after an internal investigation found evidence Detective Jeff Payne violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her out of the hospital as she screamed on July 26, said Sgt. Brandon Shearer, a spokesman for the department.
Payne's supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was also demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
(All those movies where they threaten a guy to being assigned to writing parking tickets? You just saw it happen.)
Now we just need to hear from the District Attorney in Salt Lake City.
Payne's problems haven't ended, they've only begun. And 80-20 odds Tracy decides to retire rather than work out his years to pension as a beat cop.
But I told you when this story first broke, that whether they knew it or not, they both retired.
The Daily Jackbooted Thug Meme is hereby retired as a daily feature as well, with appropriate kudos to the management in Salt Lake City. This kind of news when officers f**k up this obviously, egregiously, and publicly, is far too seldom delivered.
But if Jackboots gets a nice stretch in prison as reward for the kind of cop he was, it'll help make up for that.
Pity the police don't send fired guys out the door like this:
In lieu of that sort of send-off, rotten fruit and eggs should suffice.