Police detective Jeff Payne angrily arrested Alex Wubbels, a nurse, for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient because Payne did not have a warrant in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 26.
“This is crazy. This is crazy. Why is he so angry?” Wubbels cried while being arrested on a police body cam video, Deseret News.
Wubbels, who works as a charge nurse, was arrested and handcuffed in the University of Utah Hospital’s Burn Unit and put into a police car for about 20 minutes.
Police later released Wubbels and did not file charges against her. Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter, released the video to call for better training of police officers so that “harassment” of hospital doctors and nurses stops.
Wubbels recalled the incident at a press conference:
I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things. And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don’t take it lightly… If they needed blood, then they needed to go through to proper channels to take it.
In the body camera video, Wubbels explained to police that she was obeying her supervisors and printed out a copy of the policy for blood draws, which the Salt Lake police agreed to more than a year ago.
“She’s going to jail,” Payne said in the video. “Interfering with a criminal investigation.”
Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said on Aug. 31 that Chief Mike Brown called the video “very alarming.”
Payne is still on active duty with the department, which is re-training its officers to follow blood draw policies that are over a year old.
(Source: Deseret News)