The Utah police have issued an apology after a video went viral of one of their own assaulting a nurse after she refused to draw blood from a patient who was unconscious at the University Hospital. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the end of July and the video shows the nurse, Alex Wubbels (above in blue), being arrested by officer Jeff Payne.
When watching the video you can see the moment that the officer seemed to have had enough is when the superior of Wubbels tells him that he is making ‘a big mistake,’ to which Payne responds by making it even worse and illegally detaining the nurse.
The police department claims that an investigation has been launched into the incident and they’ve issued an apology to the hospital.
Many people have called for Payne to be placed on leave, to be fired, and/or to receive some psychological evaluation. Someone who appears to be that mentally unstable is probably not well suited to be in such a position of authority.When the officers came to Wubbels for a blood sample, she instructed to them that she couldn’t draw blood unless: the patient gave consent or unless they had a warrant. She was telling the officer the correct information seeing as the Supreme Court back in 2016 upheld the notion that officers first need that silly little warrant or consent, before they are going to be taking any such fluids.
Thankfully, a police body-camera was there to capture the incident and the public are able to see at least one occasion where officer Payne has abused his position of authority, might it have happened on more than one occasion? After the officer assaulted and detained Wubbels, leaving her in his car for allegedly 20 mins or so, it ended with him neglecting to book or charge her with any wrongdoing.
The mayor has also issued an apology and Wubbels, after admitting that the officer had bullied her to the extreme, says that she accepts the apology from both. It’s alleged that as a result of the criminal investigation that Payne will now be placed on administrative leave.
Many are proud of the way that Wubbels stood up for the rights of the patients and stuck to what she believed was the right policy, despite the pressure to do otherwise.
NBC via nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021