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September 14, 2017

Around the nation: Investigations confirm police violated city policy in violent arrest of Utah nurse

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    • Georgia: Emory University has selected Vikas Sukhatme as dean of its School of Medicine. Beginning Nov. 1, Sukhatme will succeed interim dean David Stephens, who will remain as VP of research at the university's Woodruff Health Sciences Center and as chair of the Department of Medicine at Emory's School of Medicine. Sukhatme is currently the chief academic officer and Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (Hensley, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 9/12).

    • Texas: To combat a surge of mosquitos stemming from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas officials have called in the U.S. Air Force to spray insecticide from C-130 cargo planes over the next few weeks. State officials hope that this will prevent an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus, a disease that has infected 441 people and killed 21 in the state since the beginning of 2016 (Kumar, Reuters, 9/12).

    • Utah: Salt Lake City officials on Wednesday released two reports condemning the actions of law enforcement involved in the controversial arrest of a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to violate the hospital's blood draw policies. According to an internal affairs report, Detective Jeff Payne—who arrested the nurse—and his supervisor, Lt.  James Tracy, violated five department policies: conduct unbecoming of an officer, courtesy in public interaction, department policy on misdemeanor arrests, the department's code of ethics for law enforcement, and Salt Lake City's standards of conduct. A second report from the police department's civilian review board affirmed those conclusions and said Tracy had violated his responsibilities as a watch commander and Payne had violated policies for blood draws. The two officials have 20 days to respond to the internal affairs report, at which time Police Chief Mike Brown will determine repercussions—including possible firings (Hawkins, "Morning Mix," Washington Post, 9/14).

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