Officer in University Hospital arrest had been disciplined before

Sep 18, 2017, 6:53 PM | Updated: 7:30 pm
...

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Police Department is planning a predetermination hearing against Detective Jeff Payne, which could end with him losing his job. His record disciplinary record will likely be used against him.

Documents obtained by KSL show Detective Jeff Payne was disciplined for sexual harassment in 2013.  The letter sent to him by then-Chief Chris Burbank states he created a hostile work environment for a female officer over an extended period of time.  It also says he sent her a “profane” email through police servers.

This can be used against him in his predetermination hearing for his arrest of Alex Wubbels. Former prosecutor Kent Morgan says the sexual harassment claims are relevant to the hearing.  He says, “It shows [Payne’s] disdain for women.”

Payne was also written a letter in 1995 after he was involved in a chase along with the Utah Highway Patrol.  He was suspended for 80 days.

This particular hearing could affect his standing with the SLCPD, but, Morgan says if Payne were to have a similar hearing with Peace Officers Standards and Training, Payne could lose out on being a cop anywhere. “If I was employed by the Salt Lake City Police Department, I would be very concerned that they were doing a predetermination hearing at this point because it would look like they are trying to fire me,” Morgan says.

Morgan says Payne could try to say he was following orders form a superior, but, that might not work in this case since officers are not soldiers.  “The fact that a supervisor tells you to do something while you’re a peace officer on the scene, and you know all the facts and circumstances [should require] your independent judgement better be in compliance with the law,” Morgan says.

Along with being disciplined twice, Payne also has 28 letters of commendation and appreciation.

Today’s Top Stories

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, arrives to testif...
The Associated Press

Aide: Trump dismissed Jan. 6 threats, wanted to join crowd

Former President Donald Trump dismissed his own security about the threats at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to new testimony Tuesday.
1 day ago
QAnon Utah race...
The Associated Press

Utah’s GOP Congressmen defeat primary challengers

Utah's four GOP congressmen win primary elections, move on to November's general election.
1 day ago
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Brigham City....
Mark Jones

Two people injured in Brigham City two-vehicle crash

Brigham City emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning that sent two people to the hospital.
1 day ago
FILE - Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addresses a crowd during a rally on April 25, 2014, in Sandy, Utah. T...
The Associated Press

Sen. Mike Lee fends off 2 opponents to win Utah GOP primary

Utah Sen. Mike Lee claimed a victory Tuesday night in the state's primary election, defeating two challengers.
1 day ago
Gov. Spencer Cox announced Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman is his nominee to serve on t...
Mark Jones

Gov. Cox announces Utah Supreme Court nominee

Utah Court of Appeals Judge Jill M. Pohlman is Gov. Spencer Cox's Utah Supreme Court nominee as announced Tuesday.
1 day ago
Remaining permits for elk and deer hunts this fall will be available to purchase in July....
Mark Jones

Remaining deer, elk permits can be purchased in July

Remaining deer and elk permits for hunts this fall will be available to purchase in July.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Officer in University Hospital arrest had been disciplined before