News: J.D. Lauritzen quoted by news on the audit of SLC police internal investigation policies
// Apr 18, 2018
Last summer, body cam footage of the arrest of Nurse Alex Wubbels by former SLC Police Officer Jeff Payne went viral. Outrage over the incident prompted a state audit of the internal investigation policies. The audit also looked at off-duty employment by SLC Officers and whether police managers understand religious accommodations outlined in the Civil Rights Act. The audit did not review how or why the incident occurred, but found that the police acted within a somewhat reasonable timeframe for the internal investigation and officer discipline.
The audit does note, however, that the "public appeared displeased with the length of time taken to investigate and discipline the officers involved." C&J associate J.D. Lauritzen and one of the attorneys who represented Wubbels, issued a statement quoted by the press which said,
I agree with the public's concerns acknowledged in the audit about the investigative process into police officer misconduct. As the audit suggests, the public has a right to be concerned if police officer misconduct is investigated under a different set of rules than those for average citizens. In my opinion, the contrast between how police misconduct is investigated, only serves to create greater distance between the police and the communities they serve.
Christensen & Jensen has broad experience in police civil rights cases, both as plaintiff and defense. J.D. Lauritzen is part of a civil rights team that deals with wrongful arrests, excessive force, police shootings and other civil rights claims. Read more about the audit and J.D. Lauritzen's statement to the press here.