The Salt Lake County District Attorney wants the FBI to investigate a police shooting that left a black man dead after he ran from police.
The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request. Payne was sent to University Hospital to collect blood from a man injured in a fatal crash.
A police officer, seen on video handcuffing a Utah nurse for refusing to allow officers to draw blood on an unconscious subject, has been fired.
The footage went viral after Wubbels and her attorney played it at a news conference in early September, stoking a heated national debate about police use of force and eliciting a chorus of condemnations from nurses' associations and others. He could be seen in multiple body camera videos grabbing Wubbels by the arms, handcuffing her and forcing her into an unmarked vehicle as she cried "you're assaulting me" and "this is insane".
"I think I owe it to the body camera footage", she said. "Alex feels very strongly that her story would have never been told if it weren't for the body camera footage".
Brown called Tracy the "catalyst that led to the arrest" in his letter Tuesday demoting the officer.
James Tracy, a lieutenant who was the watch commander at the time of the July 26 incident, was demoted to officer.
Karra Porter, Wubbels' attorney, praised Brown's decision as the "obvious conclusion with Detective Payne". Police say he had a knife and threatened them.
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.
Police chief Mike Brown made a decision to terminate Payne's employment after reviewing information about the incident, records showed. Indeed, I am deeply troubled that an officer with 27 years of experience would choose to pursue the course of action and behave in the manner that you did.
"Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department", Brown wrote.
Brown said Tracy's decades of service to the department were outweighed by the "complete lack of judgment in this incident".
"Chief Brown took significant steps, and seems to understand the importance of regaining public trust", Porter wrote in a tweet.
Payne had previously been disciplined in 2013 after internal-affairs investigators confirmed that he sexually harassed a female co-worker in a "persistent and severe" way.
But Harmon's family and civil rights activists applauded the decision to involve the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying the district attorney should resign for defending the officer.
Payne's attorney, Greg Skordas, told the Tribune that his client is "devastated" by Brown's decision and plans to appeal it.