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Utah detective who manhandled nurse over blood sample is being probed by FBI

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Talk about turning the tables…

The detective who slapped handcuffs on a Utah nurse after physically subduing her for refusing to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient is being investigated by the FBI.

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The agency said it is looking into whether federal laws were violated by Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne when he arrested University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels for not complying with an unconstitutional order by the officer, the New York Post reported.

Spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker said agents are reviewing the incident as a “color of law” violation, according to The Post.

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Nurse Alex Wubbels, right, displays video frame grabs of herself being taken into custody while her attorney Karra Porter looks on during an interview. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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“We are there to support and assist them as needed, but we also have our own review going on at the same time,” Barker said.

According to the FBI’s website, a “color of law” review examines whether police exceed their authority and includes false arrest..

The agency’s assistance was requested by Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill, whose office is investigating the incident, The Post reported.

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Gill said he made the ask because “there continue to be issues that go beyond merely a criminal investigation.”

Detective Payne is currently on administrative leave for his egregious actions.

Tom Tillison


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