In a shocking incident, a video showing police manhandling a nurse from Utah has gone viral. Responding to this video, Alex Wubbles, the nurse, said that the arrest which was captured in the camera incidents that bullying doesn’t just happen in schools. Wubbles on Friday told Associated Press,”This cop bullied me. He bullied me to the utmost extreme.” She added, “And nobody stood in his way.” The Salt Lake City police chief and mayor apologized and changed department policies in line with the guidance Wubbels were adhering to in the July 26 incident. Wubble said that she acted as any nurse would, following her training and protocols to protect rights of a patient. She said, “You can’t just take blood if you don’t have a legitimate concern for something to be tested.It is the most personal property I think that we can have besides our skin and bones and organs.”
Meanwhile, Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne was suspended from the department’s blood draw unit but still remains on duty as a detective in investigations in the midst of reviews by the department and a civilian review board. Mike Brown, Police chief commented on the incident and said, “I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer.”
A Police body camera shows the nurse, who works in the burn unit, calmly saying that she could not draw blood from a patient who had been injured in a deadly car accident and cited a recent change in the law. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirmed that a blood sample cannot be taken without patient consent or a warrant. Wubbles told Payne that a patient’s consent is required to take a blood sample or otherwise need a police warrant.
Here is the video of the incident:
The dispute ended with Payne saying, “We’re done, you’re under arrest” and physically moving her outside while she screamed and said, “I’ve done nothing wrong!” The department said the frustrated Payne had called his supervisor and that several people went back and forth about the time-sensitive blood draw for over an hour.
“It’s not an excuse. It definitely doesn’t forgive what happened,” police spokeswoman Christina Judd said. Wubbels followed hospital policy and advice from her bosses when she told Payne that he could not get the blood sample without a warrant or consent from the patient, said her lawyer, Karra Porter.
Judd added, “We want to know where something went wrong, what we didn’t know, and why we didn’t know it.” The agency has met with hospital administration to ensure it does not happen again and to repair their relationship.