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Utah Nurse Violently Arrested for Refusing Blood Draw on Unconscious Patient Receives $500,000 Settlement

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Salt Lake City has agreed to pay nurse Alex Wubbels a $500,000 settlement just two weeks after the detective who arrested her for refusing to allow a blood draw on her unconscious patient filed an appeal to get his job back, claiming had it not been for a camera he would still have a job.
Now Wubbels plans to use a portion of the settlement to help other police abuse victims obtain access to body cam footage.
Her attorney, Karra Porter, says her law firm, Christensen and Jensen, is committed to providing free services to people seeking to obtain the body cam footage from police who’ve abused them.
“Any person in the State of Utah who wishes to obtain body cam footage of an incident involving them will be able to do so, no charge to them. Our law firm, Christensen & Jensen, will provide any legal services necessary to accomplish that,” Porter said, according to Fox 13 Now.
“Thanks to Alex, there will be more transparency.”

 “We’re hoping the discussion about body cameras continues,” Porter added.
Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne forcefully arrested Wubbels on July 26 when she refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient, citing hospital policy.
Body cam footage of the incident showed detective Payne manhandling the screaming nurse after she refused.
Since the victim was not responsible for the crash, Payne was presumably sent to retrieve blood with the hope of finding a substance in the victim’s system to relieve the Salt Lake City Police Department of liability from a lawsuit after pursuing the driver who caused the crash.
Wubbels’ patient was later identified as a reserve police officer from Idaho, who later died from his injuries.
The University of Utah Hospital has since barred police from interacting with nurses at the hospital.
Payne, who is also a part-time paramedic, threatened to

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WATCH: Salt Lake City Cops Shoot Teen Wielding Metal Rod

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

After almost a year of legal wrangling between the ACLU and Utah prosecutors, body cam footage showing Salt Lake City police officers shooting a teenager wielding a metal rod was released Monday – four months after the cops were cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting.
The video shows Abdullahi “Abdi” Mohamed, 17, advancing towards a man named Kelly McRae while holding the metal rod before he is shot in front of a homeless shelter on February 27, 2016.
The teen does not appear to be raising the rod, which has been described as a broom or mop handle, but appears to be swinging it in a downward manner as McRae is walking backwards with his hands in the air as cops are yelling for him to drop it.
When the teen does not comply within five seconds, he is shot three times.
The teen ended up surviving and is now confined to a wheelchair, facing felony charges.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune:
Mohamed, now 18, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute. He is accused of assaulting a man with a hollow metal rod after a dispute about a drug purchase the night of Feb. 27, outside a downtown Salt Lake City homeless shelter.
Judge Julie Lund heard testimony about the alleged crimes Monday before finding that there was probable cause for the case to move forward. She will determine at a hearing next month whether Mohamed’s case will stay in juvenile court or move to the adult system.
After the court hearing, the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office released the videos to the public — a move that came after months of denying records requests.
The ACLU recently won a victory before the State Records Committee, which unanimously approved the release of the video.
The county had said it

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Report: Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College lead continues to grow

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The electoral map keeps changing, but new rankings don’t favor Donald Trump.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball released updated Electoral College ratings, moving several deep red states out of the “safe Republican” or “leans Republican” columns. The ratings changes push Hillary Clinton to 352 electoral votes, the highest the organization has ranked her the entire election cycle.
“Our conclusion is simple,” according to analysis released Thursday. “As we reassess our Electoral College ratings, we don’t think any new states are moving toward Trump at this point, and there are some surprising conservative places where he is registering very thin, soft support.”
According to the team at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Trump is “barely ahead in some polls of Alaska, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas — states that he shouldn’t be close in any competitive election.” While the team said they still think Trump will win those states, it will be by “significantly reduced margins from Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance.”
Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved those states from “safe Republican” to “likely Republican.”
One big shift: Utah has shifted from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” The team at Sabato’s credited the entry of Evan McMullin, an independent conservative candidate, as one of the reasons for the shift. Polls have shown a three-way race in the Beehive State among McMullin, Trump, and Clinton.
“In a state where neither major-party candidate is spending much time or money, McMullin’s cultivation of Utah … could bear fruit, and he may have the most room to grow in a state where Clinton and Trump are very unpopular,” according to the recent ratings memo.
Clinton is expected to make a push in Arizona, where polls have shown a close race throughout the general election. The team at Sabato’s moved Arizona “all the way from Leans Republican to Leans Democratic.”
“If we were basing this just on polls, Toss-up would

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Report: Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College lead continues to grow

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The electoral map keeps changing, but new rankings don’t favor Donald Trump.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball released updated Electoral College ratings, moving several deep red states out of the “safe Republican” or “leans Republican” columns. The ratings changes push Hillary Clinton to 352 electoral votes, the highest the organization has ranked her the entire election cycle.
“Our conclusion is simple,” according to analysis released Thursday. “As we reassess our Electoral College ratings, we don’t think any new states are moving toward Trump at this point, and there are some surprising conservative places where he is registering very thin, soft support.”
According to the team at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Trump is “barely ahead in some polls of Alaska, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas — states that he shouldn’t be close in any competitive election.” While the team said they still think Trump will win those states, it will be by “significantly reduced margins from Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance.”
Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved those states from “safe Republican” to “likely Republican.”
One big shift: Utah has shifted from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” The team at Sabato’s credited the entry of Evan McMullin, an independent conservative candidate, as one of the reasons for the shift. Polls have shown a three-way race in the Beehive State among McMullin, Trump, and Clinton.
“In a state where neither major-party candidate is spending much time or money, McMullin’s cultivation of Utah … could bear fruit, and he may have the most room to grow in a state where Clinton and Trump are very unpopular,” according to the recent ratings memo.
Clinton is expected to make a push in Arizona, where polls have shown a close race throughout the general election. The team at Sabato’s moved Arizona “all the way from Leans Republican to Leans Democratic.”
“If we were basing this just on polls, Toss-up would

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Report: Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College lead continues to grow

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The electoral map keeps changing, but new rankings don’t favor Donald Trump.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball released updated Electoral College ratings, moving several deep red states out of the “safe Republican” or “leans Republican” columns. The ratings changes push Hillary Clinton to 352 electoral votes, the highest the organization has ranked her the entire election cycle.
“Our conclusion is simple,” according to analysis released Thursday. “As we reassess our Electoral College ratings, we don’t think any new states are moving toward Trump at this point, and there are some surprising conservative places where he is registering very thin, soft support.”
According to the team at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Trump is “barely ahead in some polls of Alaska, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas — states that he shouldn’t be close in any competitive election.” While the team said they still think Trump will win those states, it will be by “significantly reduced margins from Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance.”
Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved those states from “safe Republican” to “likely Republican.”
One big shift: Utah has shifted from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” The team at Sabato’s credited the entry of Evan McMullin, an independent conservative candidate, as one of the reasons for the shift. Polls have shown a three-way race in the Beehive State among McMullin, Trump, and Clinton.
“In a state where neither major-party candidate is spending much time or money, McMullin’s cultivation of Utah … could bear fruit, and he may have the most room to grow in a state where Clinton and Trump are very unpopular,” according to the recent ratings memo.
Clinton is expected to make a push in Arizona, where polls have shown a close race throughout the general election. The team at Sabato’s moved Arizona “all the way from Leans Republican to Leans Democratic.”
“If we were basing this just on polls, Toss-up would

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Report: Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College lead continues to grow

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The electoral map keeps changing, but new rankings don’t favor Donald Trump.
Sabato’s Crystal Ball released updated Electoral College ratings, moving several deep red states out of the “safe Republican” or “leans Republican” columns. The ratings changes push Hillary Clinton to 352 electoral votes, the highest the organization has ranked her the entire election cycle.
“Our conclusion is simple,” according to analysis released Thursday. “As we reassess our Electoral College ratings, we don’t think any new states are moving toward Trump at this point, and there are some surprising conservative places where he is registering very thin, soft support.”
According to the team at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Trump is “barely ahead in some polls of Alaska, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and Texas — states that he shouldn’t be close in any competitive election.” While the team said they still think Trump will win those states, it will be by “significantly reduced margins from Mitt Romney’s 2012 performance.”
Sabato’s Crystal Ball moved those states from “safe Republican” to “likely Republican.”
One big shift: Utah has shifted from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.” The team at Sabato’s credited the entry of Evan McMullin, an independent conservative candidate, as one of the reasons for the shift. Polls have shown a three-way race in the Beehive State among McMullin, Trump, and Clinton.
“In a state where neither major-party candidate is spending much time or money, McMullin’s cultivation of Utah … could bear fruit, and he may have the most room to grow in a state where Clinton and Trump are very unpopular,” according to the recent ratings memo.
Clinton is expected to make a push in Arizona, where polls have shown a close race throughout the general election. The team at Sabato’s moved Arizona “all the way from Leans Republican to Leans Democratic.”
“If we were basing this just on polls, Toss-up would

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Utah Police Drop Charges Against Teen Accused of Drugging Cop After Lab Reports Find No Drugs in Drink

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Two months after Utah police dragged his name through the mud, accusing the teen of drugging an officer while preparing his food at Subway, police are now saying there were no drugs in the officer’s drink.
So the Layton police officer apparently drugged himself.
Not that they have even released his name.
But they were sure to release Tanis Lloyd Ukena’s name as well as his mugshot after arresting the 18-year-old man on August 8 in a story that quickly went viral, charging him with a felony, accusing him of lacing the cop’s drink with marijuana and methamphetamine.
And almost every single commenter took the word of police without ever thinking why would a teenager waste his drugs on a cop, not to mention how is it even possible to lace a drink with pot without it being obvious?
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Also, not only does ingested marijuana take about 45 minutes to take effect, methamphetamine produces completely different effects than the paralyzing effects the officer was reporting, being unable to find the gas pedal after taking three sips of the drink.
Even a cursory look through the young man’s Facebook page indicates he is a church-going Mormon who excels in school and is obsessed with sports – and never once expressed any negative sentiment towards officers.
Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Layton police sent out a press released earlier today saying that further laboratory tests were “unable to confirm that contaminates were in the officer’s drink,” which contradicts earlier reports that they found “the presence of a foreign substance in the officer’s drink.”
However, their initial tests were done on what is known as an ios scanner, which as we reported back in August, is highly unreliable when attempting to detect marijuana and methamphetamine.
Police also said at the time

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