2nd Utah police officer on paid leave over nurse arrest

- A second Salt Lake City police officer has been put on paid leave as authorities investigate the use of force in a nurse's arrest.

The July 26 incident captured on police body-camera video showed Detective Jeff Payne dragging nurse Alex Wubbels from a hospital and handcuffing her after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient in a car-crash investigation.

The video has caused outrage since it was released Thursday. Detective Payne was put on administrative leave Friday.

Prosecutors have asked for a criminal investigation, prompting the police department to put two officers on paid administrative leave.

The second officer hasn't been formally identified, but officials have said they also were reviewing the conduct of Payne's boss, a lieutenant who reportedly called for the arrest if Wubbels kept interfering. 

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In a statement released Friday, Mayor Jackie Biskupski said what she saw on video was "completely unacceptable." "I extend a personal apology to Ms. Wubbles for what she has been through for simply doing her job," Mayor Biskupski said.

The chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department said he was also alarmed by what he saw in the video. "I am sad at the rift this has caused between law-enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with," he said.

Wubbles has retained an attorney and told KSTU she will consider filing a lawsuit if changes are not made to improve the working relationships between law enforcement and medical providers.

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