According to the Associated Press on Tuesday Salt Lake City Police fired the officer, Jeff Payne, who was filmed dragging a Utah nurse out of a hospital in July for doing her job.
Detective Jeff Payne was sacked and James Tracy, his watch commander, was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to officer after an internal review by the Salt Lake City Police Department found their actions toward the nurse violated department policy and undermined public trust.
"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 chief wrote.
Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne (left), said his client plans to appeal a firing he considers unfair and over the top. A lawyer for Payne told the Associated Press that the detective would still be employed had his body camera footage not gotten so much attention.
Payne's supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn't immediately be reached.
He similarly told Tracy that his judgment was "unacceptable" and unworthy of a leadership role in the department. It would have been a he-said, she-said or multiple he-saids against a she-said.
The chief acknowledged in his letter that Payne had withheld important information that might have changed Tracy's mind, but said it did not excuse his actions that day.
Wubbels' attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust.
The case shows the vital importance of officers wearing body cameras and making those videos available to the public, Porter said.
One of the ways that they reportedly try to do this is by training officers to slow down so that they have time to rethink their approach. 'Alex feels very strongly that her story would have never been told if it weren't for the body camera footage'.
Asked about a potential lawsuit, Porter said she expects to meet soon with city officials to discuss next steps that could include settlement talks.
The officers have five days to appeal the chief's decisions.
She said: "I will say that the level of scrutiny that this case received would not have been the case had there been no bodycam footage".
The University of Utah said it had introduced a new policy on blood samples barring officers from coming to the hospital in person to seek them. The unconscious patient was not a suspect in the wreck that killed another driver.
Hospital policy, state law and federal law all required Payne to present a warrant or get the patient's consent to collect a blood sample.