USA Today:-The Salt Lake City Police Department is opening an investigation after body camera footage shows an officer forcibly arrest a nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient.
Detective Jacob Payne dragged and physically removed nurse Alex Wubbels from University Hospital while she screamed.
Payne then cuffed her hands behind her back and forced her into an unmarked police car, leaving Wubbels sobbing “this is crazy.”
The officer accused Wubbels of interfering with a criminal investigation.
Wubbels, however, said she was just doing her job.
Moments before the arrest, the nurse, and former Olympic athlete calmly explained to Payne that hospital policy says they can’t draw blood from the patient, who had been injured in a car accident that left one person dead.
She said the officers needed either an electronic warrant or patient consent to draw blood from someone who is not under arrest. The officers didn’t have either.
Wubbels even called her supervisor who warned Payne, “Sir, you’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”
Payne, who grew increasingly impatient in the video, snapped.
“No, we’re done,” he said. “You’re under arrest, we’re going!”
Wubbels was later released and no criminal charges were filed.