SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The patient at the center of a controversial arrest involving a Utah nurse has died.
According to the Rigby, Idaho Police Department’s Facebook Page, Reserve Officer William “Bill” Gray died Monday night after spending the last couple of months in the Burn Unit at the University of Utah Hospital, following a head-on-collision in Cache County.
Gray’s case received national attention after University of Utah Nurse Alex Wubbels was arrested for not letting Salt Lake City Police perform a blood draw. Wubbels and her attorney released the dramatic body camera footage showing two Salt Lake Police Officers placing her under arrest.
Detective Jeff Payne and his supervisor Lt. James Tracy were placed on paid leave after the video drew condemnation and prosecutors opened a criminal probe of their actions.
On Monday, the Salt Lake City Police Association said the officers under investigation have been unfairly made into outcasts following the “premature release” of the body-cam footage.
In a letter sent to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, the union went on to say that it is “extremely concerned and dismayed” about that handling that has “corrupted” the high-profile investigation.
According to ABC News, who obtained a copy of the letter, Stephen Hartney, the president of the association, says, “The premature release of body cam footage is particularly demoralizing as it allows the public who have not trained as police officers to make what often amounts to biased and ill-informed of the police.”
ABC4 Utah’s Brittany Johnson reached out to Biskupski and Brown for comment. They declined to comment.