Two officers have been placed on administrative leave after the video clip went viral that shows the arrest of Utah hospital nurse, Alex Wubbels who was just doing her job.
Two Salt Lake police detectives Lt. James Tracy and Jeff Payne placed on leave, both the detectives retained counsel. During the multiple investigations that include the FBI, Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, Salt Lake City Police Department and the Unified Police Department, the defense attorneys Kim Cordova and Ed Brass have been hired by Tracy.
On the other hand, Greg Skordas and Rebecca Hyde Skordas have been hired by Payne. According to the Deseret News, Tracy’s attorney Brass asked the public to be respectful to Tracy and his family.
Brass said, “Lt. Tracy has served the Salt Lake City community well and honorably for nearly 30 years. The district attorney urged, ‘We ask the community and our citizens to be patient. … We assure them that this issue is of the utmost concern for us and we are committed to assuring a thorough, fair gathering and review of evidence, facts and issues.’ We would ask that the same respect and patience be extended to Lt. Tracy,” the Deseret News reported.
His client Tracy has received several warnings and threats after the video of the incident was launched, it has been almost a week and he was warned to disable all of his pages from the social media platform.
He added, “Threats to him and his family via social media are counterproductive and illegal. Judgment should await the thorough, fair gathering and review of evidence that all of the community, including Lt. Tracy, have been promised.”
The incident took place on July 26 when Salt Lake police were requested to collect a blood sample from a patient who was taken to the University Hospital from Cache County by medical helicopter after a crash.
Tracy was the supervisor on duty on that day, Payne went to the University Hospital to draw blood from a patient but Wubbels refused him to allow to do so as it is against hospital’s policy. The video shows that Payne arrested the nurse for interfering in the police investigation.