Viral Video Shows Police Arrest Nurse For Refusing To Draw Blood From Unconscious Man

Criminal handcuffed medical person with bloody injector in hand

Viral Video Shows Police Arrest Nurse For Refusing To Draw Blood From Unconscious Man

The incident sparked an intense debate about the officer's unlawful behavior.

Published September 2, 2017

Back in July, a nurse was arrested for not drawing blood from a patient without his consent following a car crash.

  1. Footage from July 26 shows Alex Wubbels, a nurse at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, arguing with Detective Jeff Payne over whether the officer could lawfully requested drawn blood from an unconscious patient.

    Wubbels is shown informing Payne that hospital policy, which is accordance with Utah law, dictates that blood cannot be drawn unless the patient gives consent, is under arrest or there’s a warrant signed by a judge allowing blood to be taken.

    None of this apparently mattered to the officer who then threatens to arrest the nurse if she didn’t comply. "I either go away with blood in vials or body in tow," Payne said.

    Doing the right thing, Wubbels, who has worked at the hospital since 2009, then calls on other hospital staff, including her supervisor, who tells the officer the same exact policy.

    “Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse," a supervisor tells Payne.

    “We’re done here,” an aggravated Payne then tells the nurse, who he violently forces out of the hospital with her hands behind her back handcuffed, puts inside his patrol car and tells her she’s obstructing justice by preventing him from doing his job.

    "I'm also obligated to my patients," Wubbels tells Payne. "It's not up to me."

    The nurse was subsequently not charged for the incident. She says she feels “angry” and “betrayed” and that local law enforcement should be better educated when dealing with hospital staff.

    On Friday (September 1) Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a statement the department agreed to conduct an investigation "into any criminal acts that may have taken place during the incident."

    In the meantime, the department says two employees have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. One of them was the officer in the video.

    Some on social media pointed out the hypocrisy of questioning the police. While Wubbels was right to question the officer in defending the right of the patient, there are far more incidents where questioning law enforcement should happen, including traffic stops.

    “White folk outraged over the arrested nurse and not a peep of ‘you don't argue with a cop, you comply and sort it out later.’ Uh huh,” one Twitter user wrote. “#BLM bc an entire country is outraged over a nurse being wrongfully arrested, but y'all are silent when black men are murdered in the street,” another tweeted.

    Check out video of what happened as well as reaction from social media below.

  2. reaction

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: oguzdkn/Getty Images)

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