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Utah officer fired after nurse’s arrest caught on video

A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Detective Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was “deeply troubled” by Payne’s conduct, which he described as “inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful” and said brought “significant disrepute” on the department.

“You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment (especially for an officer with 27 years of experience), which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department,” Brown wrote.

Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne, said his client plans to appeal a firing he considers unfair and over the top. Skordas said Payne would still be employed if the body camera footage hadn’t generated so much attention and blown the events out of proportion.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn’t immediately be reached.

Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Brown wrote in his disciplinary letter.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated the situation.

“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 said.

The letter said Wubbels told investigators that Tracy minimized her concerns, intimidated and lectured her, and made her feel like she was to blame for the events.

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request.

Wubbels’ attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behavior.

The case shows the vital importance of officers wearing body cameras and making those videos available to the public, Porter said.

“Without the body camera footage, it would have been a she-said, they-said,” Porter said. “Alex feels very strongly that her story would have never been told if it weren’t for the body camera footage.”

Asked about a potential lawsuit, Porter said she expects to meet soon with city officials to discuss next steps that could include settlement talks.

The officers have five business days to appeal the decisions by the chief.

The case received widespread attention after police body-camera video was released by Wubbels and her lawyer in late August.

The video showed her explaining that hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient who had been injured in a car crash.

The patient wasn’t suspected of wrongdoing. He was an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck.

Payne nevertheless insisted on the blood draw, saying the evidence would protect the man.

Payne told Wubbels his supervisor said he should arrest her if she didn’t allow the draw. Wubbels was later freed from the handcuffs and has not been charged.

Both officers were investigated and placed on paid administrative leave after the video became public. Salt Lake City police apologized and changed their policies.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, opened a criminal investigation into the arrest and asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations.

Payne was also fired from a part-time job as a paramedic after he was caught on camera saying he’d take transient patients to the University of Utah hospital where Wubbels worked and transport “good patients” elsewhere.

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.

His tenure also brought commendations for solving burglary cases and being shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop in 1998.

Tracy, meanwhile, earned commendations for drug and burglary investigations.

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ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Over Jerry Jones Tweets

After Jerry Jones made a statement that the Cowboys would not allow any player who “disrespect the flag” play, ESPN anchor Jemele Hill took to Twitter to give her opinion on the matter. Hill tweeted that her people should consider boycotting advertisers of the Dallas Cowboys owner after his policy to penalize players for kneelings.

ESPN has suspended Jemele for a second violation of the network’s social media guidelines on Monday (10/09).

“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences,” the statement continued. “Hence this decision.” Hill had previously come under fire for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”

Hill recently received backlash after tweeting that President Trump is a “white supremacist.”

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Phaedra Parks Will Not Return To #RHOA

Get ready for a casting shakeup when “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns for season 10.

Phaedra Parks will not be returning to the hit Bravo reality show for the upcoming season, E! News reports. The news of Parks’ departure from the drama-filled show comes just one day after the explosive wrap-up to the season nine reunion special.

At the Andy Cohen-hosted sit-down, it was revealed that Parks, 43, was behind a bombshell rumor that co-star Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker were planning to drug and rape fellow cast mate Porsha Williams.

During the special, which aired in four parts, Phaedra, Kandi and Porsha went back and forth hurling accusations and denials toward one another, with Phaedra repeatedly denying Porsha’s claims that she had spread the rumor.

After it was clear she would not be escaping her lie, Parks eventually offered up an apology to her fellow housewives. “What more can I do? I apologized already and the person I’m most concerned about is Porsha,” she said on the reunion special. “I’m sorry that it hurt Kandi as well.”

The Georgia lawyer first joined the franchise’s cast in 2010. In 2014, she filed for divorce from her husband – and the father of her two children – Apollo Nida, who is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for bank fraud. The divorce has since been thrown out, as Nida claimed last December that he had never been served.

Meanwhile, as Parks departs, Kim Zolciak-Biermann will make her return after leaving the show in 2012.

 

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NBC to fire Billy Bush over tape of Trump remarks

Billy Bush is out at “Today” multiple sources tell Page Six — but NBC News is carefully weighing when to make the announcement.

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An NBC insider told us: “He is technically fired. It’s just a matter of time. NBC isn’t ready to announce it yet. They are negotiating his exit.”

Bush was suspended from “Today” on Sunday.

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Another source close to the network told Page Six: “Billy is done. He is out, but they don’t want to announce anything yet because NBC was burned by the Ann Curry debacle and they are trying to figure out how to do this.” The source added: “They don’t have any incentive to announce this immediately. Each day that goes by” — and gets further from the Donald Trump scandal — “it gets easier,” to announce.

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The source added NBC staffers fear there could be more damning tape of Bush than just his now-infamous “Access Hollywood” outtake with Trump. “Forget about more Trump tape, there could be more tape on Billy.”

Meantime, another source said: “Billy’s being pushed out — it looks like he’s going to get dumped — when the network has stood by people like Brian Williams who lied on the air, and was very publicly supportive of Matt Lauer after the [controversial] commander-in-chief town hall.”

SOURCE: FOX

LHH’s Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy Drama

Once again Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Stevie J. and Joseline Hernandez aka the self-proclaimed “Puerto Rican Princess” are brewing piping hot tea for you sippers.

LHH's Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy Drama

Joseline Hernandez is going through the ringer with Stevie J in regards to him stepping up as a father. But are we surprised with his track record with his other children? Stevie is being his sleazy self and stated recently according to TMZ, “Joseline’s real name is Shenellica Juneann Bettencourt… she’s 39 years old (not 29)… isn’t even from Puerto Rico… might STILL be married to someone else… and the baby in her belly probably isn’t his.”

LHH's Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy Drama
So the question for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Stevie J. is whose is the father? Stevie J says it’s Young Dro’s child! Sleezo denying he is father could very well be a lashing out against Joseline allegedly accusing him of being a sexual offender. She is rumored to have said “…He is a child molester–allegedly like his father before him–fantasizes about sleeping with his daughters, and is a “devil in disguise.”

LHH's Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy Drama
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Joseline Hernandez is looking cute with her baby bump. She has been keeping calm and becoming more of a nurturing spirit. With her previous fighting and drugging, her being pregnant may be the best thing that has happened to her in order for her to turn her life around. Stevie J. has been keeping his distance until the order for paternity is presented to him. He also stated that he wants the courts to handle the visitation schedule because he doesn’t want anything to do with her.

LHH's Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy Drama
Now Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Joseline Hernandez is no saint by no means however there is a baby girl on the way that needs both parents. Stevie J. is more focused on his dating life and flaunting Faith Evans around as his new boo. Well according to newly released picture via the Shade Room, a new piece of ass is in rotation. A picture has surfaced of him in the nude with another woman who is of course also nude. It’s difficult to keep up with who he is sticking it too each week. But one thing we all know for sure is that Stevie J already has 5 children by 4 different women.

LHH's Stevie & Joseline Pregnancy DramaPlus Stevie J. is no longer making reality show money as he and Joseline Hernandez have been released from their contracts on Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. But there are rumors of Stevie of having his own spin-off show. But either way Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Joseline Hernandez will be set, as she is rumored to have a spin-off of her very own documenting the pregnancy life.

SOURCE: TBM