In the world of the Internet, it’s hard for anything controversial or head-turning to go unnoticed, no matter where it happens. Once something is recorded and posted online – it only takes days (sometimes even hours) before it goes viral and has people everywhere talking.
Recently, a video was released from earlier this summer – July 26th – of a Salt Lake City nurse being forcefully arrested after refusing to allow cops to draw blood from a patient who was at the time unconscious.
Detective Jeff Payne wanted to draw blood from a patient who was involved in a serious car crash to see if there was any alcohol in his system, according to several reports. But, nurse Alex Wubbles insisted that it was against hospital policy to draw blood from any patient who is unconscious without an arrest or a signed police warrant. After Detective Payne had given Wubbles a hard time complying with the hospital’s laws, she called her supervisors to assist her. The detectives did not comply and instead, threatened to arrest Wubbles if she did not allow them to draw blood. After refusing, the officers both forcefully arrested Wubbles and forced her into a police squad car.
After the incident, Wubbles filed a suit against the police department and her lawyer released the video as a “talk back” in how the police force should treat health care workers with “more respect” when they are just trying to do their jobs.
In response, the Salt Lake City Police Department announced that both officers involved in the case were put on administrative leave and announced a criminal investigation would be conducted. Several officials have issued public apologies to the nurse and insisted that they condemn the two detectives actions.
We support the DA's independent investigation into unacceptable actions at the UofU. We have placed SLCPD officer involved on leave. #utpol
— Mayor J. Biskupski (@slcmayor) September 1, 2017
The incident has caused a lot of arguments and uproar across the nation, as police brutality has been an ongoing debate in politics and mainstream media. Without a doubt, the officers had no authority to arrest the nurse – in such a violent way – or, at all. Wubbles was clearly doing her job and complying with the rules in her own organization and hospital, and with authorities not respecting this – is anything really sacred when it comes to organizations and other jobs in which there are rules and regulations in place?
People on Twitter were on the complete side with Nurse Alex Wubbles, as they believed she was a “hero” for doing her job.
Alex Wubbels (the nurse who was arrested in Utah for simply doing her job) is an American hero.
RT if you agree.
— Adam E Ross (@adammanross) September 1, 2017
The cop DID assault the nurse. So he should have already been arrested. Not doing so makes all good cops look bad and is dangerous. https://t.co/T41tAG7NUy
— Waiting for Sanity (@KSibla) September 3, 2017
Watched the bodycam. Livid. That 'officer' should be relieved of duty forthwith & prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. #Shame
— RK Land (@chewybnut) September 1, 2017
— Rico Perkins (@Ricoperkins) September 1, 2017
This police officer wasn't doing his job. He was being an intimidating bully to a female. He should be fired
— Sherri White (@40Sherri) September 1, 2017
I have been an ICU nurse for 20 years -this behavior is unprecedented #TakeHisBadge
— Wilbur Podgeway (@WilburPodgeway) September 1, 2017
Firing the offending officer is the ONLY apology that matters, and that is just to start with. Arresting him for assault is next.
— Suebabyshampoo (@sue_babyshampoo) September 1, 2017
He felt free to treat her like that knowing his actions were witnessed, recorded, imagine how he treats people when there are no witnesses.
— Pat Boucher (@PatMBSB) September 1, 2017
What are your thoughts?