Wow, this video is a whirlwind and has been circling social media pages. Who is in the wrong? Watch for yourself and let us know in the comments.
An internal investigation has been launched after a nurse at University of Utah claims she was unlawfully arrested and “assaulted.”
This all began when officers were attempted to get a blood sample from a man brought in, who was unconscious from a car crash. The nurse refused to draw the blood because it was reportedly against the hospital policy to draw from an unconscious person without a warrant.
Hospital and officer body camera footage shows nurse Alex Wubbels telling officers that it was against the hospital’s policy to take blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant, consent from the patient or if the patient has been under arrest.
The patient was a semi-truck driver who had struck a car that was being pursued by state troopers.
You can hear Detective Jeff Payne tell her, “I either go away with blood in vials or body in tow,” and then starts to arrest her.
While he is still on duty with the police department, Payne has been suspended from the department’s blood draw program, according to The Salt Like Tribune.
Payne said he was advised by his commander on duty to arrest the nurse for interfering with a police investigation, according to the Tribune.
“I can’t sit on this video and not attempt to speak out both to re-educate and inform,” Wubbles told the publication, adding that she never said no to Payne’s request to draw blood, but rather informed him of the blood draw policy.
Who was in the wrong here? Should Wubbles, who was not charged, have complied or was she right in following the policy?
In my opinion, it appears as though the nurse was simply trying to do things right legally, and was then punished by a frustrated officer. He shouldn’t have suddenly tried to arrest her for doing her job. However, I can’t help but roll my eyes a little at how dramatic she was being. I don’t think she should have been arrested but her screaming and acting wild was extremely dramatic.