Friday, 22 September, 2017

"I've done nothing wrong": Utah nurse's arrest prompts police apology

"I've done nothing wrong": Utah nurse's arrest prompts police apology
Sammy Stanley | 03 September, 2017, 08:13

After a traffic collision in July, a comatose and badly burned driver of a truck was taken to the University of Utah Hospital's burn unit in Salt Lake City. Her skirmish with authorities stems from her refusal to allow city police to draw blood from an unconscious reserve officer with the Rigby Police Department who's recuperating at the hospital. Payne, a trained police phlebotomist, did not have a warrant and the unconscious patient could not provide consent, so Wubbels denied him access, the Washington Post reported.

At that point, the officer states "we're done, you're under arrest" and is shown advancing on Ms Wubbels who backs away screaming and is heard to shout: "Help!"

"I'm just trying to do what I'm supposed to do, that's all", Wubbels says, noting that the officers are meeting none of the criteria.

Payne then cuffed her hands behind her back and forced her into an unmarked police auto, leaving Wubbels sobbing "this is insane". I've done nothing wrong! Why is this happening?

With her attorney by her side, Wubbels says she was following the strict protocol set forth by the hospital. "Why is he so angry?"

"I felt obligated to release it on behalf of anyone that's ever gone through something like this but didn't have evidence or video", Wubbels said.

Neither Salt Lake Police Department officials nor Porter immediately responded to a request for comment from PEOPLE. "Help me please... I didn't do anything wrong", she can be seen shouting as the police officer pins her up against a wall and puts handcuffs on her wrists. The incident, in which the nurse calmly explained hospital policy and was roughly arrested by the officer as she screamed, happened on July 26.

She was later released and no charges were ever filed against her. Sgt. Brandon Shearer said that the police chief had seen the video and called it "very alarming".

"So I take it, without those in place, I'm not going to get blood", he said.

"It is the most personal property I think that we can have besides our skin and bones and organs".

In a written report, Payne alleged that he had been ordered by Salt Lake police Lt. James Tracy to arrest Wubbels for interfering with a police investigation, the Tribune reports. Mike Brown, Police chief commented on the incident and said, "I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer".

In response to the incident, the department says it updated its blood-draw policy last week to mirror what the hospital uses.

"Ok", Payne said, as he walked towards Wubbels.

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