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IPFS News Link • Police Brutality and Militarization

Despite Blood Draw Being a Clear Sign of a Cover Up, Dept. Did Nothing Until Nurse Video Went Viral

• by Rachel Blevins

When a video of a police officer violently arresting a nurse who refused to take a blood sample from an unconscious patient went viral, the main questions were: When did this incident happen, were the officers fired as a result, and why were they so adamant about getting the blood sample that they were willing to arrest a nurse who was following the law?

The incident occurred on July 26, over one month before the Body Cam footage was released. While the officer featured in the video who initiated the manhandling, Detective Jeff Payne, was taken off of the Blood Draw Unit and placed on "administrative duty," he was still paid his full taxpayer-funded salary, and was not subject to a criminal investigation—up until the video went viral.