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Sunday, September 03, 2017

VIDEO: Cop Cuffs Nurse Refusing To Take Blood From Unconscious Patient

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer’s body camera video shows a hospital nurse being handcuffed after refusing to draw blood on an unconscious patient.

The video taken at University Hospital in Salt Lake City shows nurse Alex Wubbels calmly explaining to Salt Lake detective Jeff Payne that she couldn’t draw blood on a patient who had been injured in a car accident. She told the officer a patient was required to give consent for a blood sample or be under arrest. Otherwise, she said police needed a warrant.

The dispute ended with Payne telling the nurse she was under arrest and physically moving her out of the hospital while she screamed.

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43 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh...she had it coming...should have tazed her just like that kid on the ATV. When are people going to learn to obey any cops orders. Cops deserve respect!

Anonymous said...


She states hospital policy, which is governed by state and federal law, then is forcefully arrested? Somebody's looking for a serious lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

This nurse deserves an apology from the detective. Who does he think he is? He is the kind of person that give police a bad name. You can even see the other two police officers are uncomfortable with what is going on as they offer no assistance to his tantrum. She was following the rules and he was asking her to break them.

Anonymous said...

Cops do deserve respect unless they act like this. Quite clearly overstepping his authority. They police officers or the Gestapo?
Last time I looked at a police cruiser it has the motto "To serve and protect".

Anonymous said...

Cops like that are why so many people have no respect for law officers. He should be fired immediately

Anonymous said...

You are a complete idiot & a shining example of what's wrong with the world.

Anonymous said...

She would have violated the unconscious mans rights. The cop clearly wasn't going anywhere and neither was the unconscious man. He should have waited and then taken the blood. The cop clearly wanted to show he was in charge and in this case he clearly wasn't and just overstepped his authority. He works for the people not the other way around and they should start realizing it!!

Anonymous said...

Totally agree!

Anonymous said...

Maryland law your beat no warrant needed if unconscious. I CANT imagine a hospital NOT ordering blood for unconscious patient. This STORY sounds suspect.

Anonymous said...

The hospital wasn't ordering the blood test. They do that for medical reasons for treatment. NOT for handing over to the police. The police had no warrant, and from the video knew they would not get one as they did not have probably cause to get a warrant. The person who was unconscious was the victim. He was driving for his job when he was struck by a (alleged) criminal who was being chased by the police in a high-speed pursuit.

Anonymous said...

Even with or without a warrant. The nurse has to get orders from the doctor. Why didn't they track down a doctor to get the order?

Anonymous said...

I hope there is a BIG lawsuit for malicious false arrest against this cop and department.
Oh and B.T.W. she was released about 30 minutes later without being charged but the second she was cuffed she was technically arrested.
The cop should loose his job and pay dearly for that.

What do you suppose he does when the camera's aren't on him?

Anonymous said...

You said (alleged) however he was being chased by the police and might have committed another murder!

Anonymous said...

Did you watch the full video? Because your making up part of the story out of hate

Anonymous said...

Responsible nurses are advocates for the patient first and their HIPPA rights.

Anonymous said...

She was obeying the law. Perhaps the cop needs to obey the laws too. No telling how crooked he is when cameras aren't rolling.

Anonymous said...

At 12:06 p.m. I hope you were being extremely sarcastic because that was totally uncalled for. Citizens are to obey a "lawful order" of a police officer not all orders given by a police officer are lawful or fall under the authority of the law. I am a 26-year police veteran, and what that officer did was wrong on so many levels. I hope she owns that department and his pension.

Anonymous said...

2:16... you say that now until one of these power hungry asshats violates your rights then you'll be back in the fetal position in mom's basement.
Police are there to enforce the law, not to put themselves above it.
Now who's the idiot?

Anonymous said...

26 years being the police and YOUR passing judgment based on a portion of a edited video? Either your that on guy who NEVER had a On view or broke leather or you lying about being on the job.

Jim said...

4:57: The person they wanted the blood from was not the suspect. It was the driver of the truck the suspect hit. And the nurse was totally justified in her actions and the cop should be fired.

Anonymous said...

Nope she was charged and just because your put in handcuffs doesn't mean your under arrest. This is simple stuff why don't you know it? Because your pushing a narrative

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Anonymous said...
Nope she was charged and just because your put in handcuffs doesn't mean your under arrest. This is simple stuff why don't you know it? Because your pushing a narrative

September 1, 2017 at 10:47 PM

The dispute ended with Payne telling the nurse she was under arrest and physically moving her out of the hospital while she screamed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Wubbels was not charged. Police have started an internal investigation, but Payne remains on duty.

I would suggest you read the article(s).

Unknown said...

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the patient was a reserve police officer from Idaho who was working his other job as a semi-truck driver when a car fleeing the Utah Highway Patrol crashed into him. The newspaper cites police reports saying Payne was trying to take the blood to clear him of any wrongdoing in the wreck.

Police body-camera video shows Wubbels, who works in the burn unit, calmly explaining that she could not take blood from a patient who had been injured in a deadly car accident, citing a recent change in law. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling affirmed that a blood sample cannot be taken without patient consent or a warrant.

Wubbels told Payne that a patient was required to give consent for a blood sample to determine intoxication or be under arrest.

Otherwise, she said police needed a warrant. Payne insisted
Police spokeswoman Christina Judd said the agency started an internal investigation within hours of the encounter on July 26 and that the assistant chief has apologized to University Hospital.

"We're alarmed by what we saw in the video and take it very, very seriously," Judd said.

Anonymous said...

She should sue the idiot cop that ruffed her up. He should know the law (I think he does) and know that he isn't allowed to do what he was attempting to do and assaulted her in the processed.

Anonymous said...

So the hospital doesn't take blood from a person who unconscious from severe head trauma? DA orders a subpoena for medical records that is signed by a Judge. Has NOTHING to do with a search warrant. In the video or article does it mention the victim or his connection with the case? Do you know why the criminal was fleeing in total disregard for public safety? Do you have a copy of the internal investigation or all facts involving a major case? So maybe just maybe just maybe their is more to it. I think you should be fired from your job for passing judgment out of hate. You obviously bully your coworkers.

Anonymous said...

10:47 She was not charged.

Even if she did draw blood she would have been fired from her job. Even if the tests proved what ever the police were looking for a good lawyer would have had the test thrown out. The cop did nothing but try to boost he own ego. In turn I hope they fire him without any pension and he is made to pay all court costs when she sues his butt.

I did notice he really didn't like it when who ever was on the phone told him NO and he was making a huge mistake.

Anonymous said...

He did a good job the nurse refused to except the paperwork provided and she Is related to the victim. She also has pending court dates but some how is still employed. Also the nurse doesn't do blood work dr orders it. She had her attorney on the phone not her boss or a doctor. How many nurses have attorneys on speed dial. I hope the cop sues her and the hospital for defamation

Anonymous said...

No, it's because no one knows what the law is beyond "what someone told them one time". That is by design to keep us down.

Anonymous said...

Is that the story on CNN?

Anonymous said...

Supreme court in 2016 says differently as he was not under arrest, was unconscious and cop had no warrant. He actualy was the VICTIM of a head on collision with a drunk driver (who died in the accident) hence the lack of warrant and arrest.. This copmwas just angry they were notndoing what he wanted them to do even though it was unconstitutional and illegal.

Anonymous said...

No no and no .. she had no relation to patient, was on the phone with a hospital
Administrator and she was the charge nurse: she knew the actual (as per the supreme court 2016) law and the
Cop did not... when his only job is to
Take blood for the police department...not to
Mention she was calmly addressing the situation and he attacks her forcibly.. did this guy het any training at all????

Anonymous said...

Yeah there is not much more.. department, mayor, governor has profusely apologized, cop suspended and investigation is ongoing... they know the cop was wrong and now they have to own up to it and make some changes.. maybe start with knowing the change in law from
2016!!!!

Anonymous said...

you people are idiots! the kops don't work for the people. they work for the state. they are here to protect the state from you! how can you be so stupid? so next time you need one and can't get them to do anything other then hand you a citation or file a report you'll start to realize how badly you have been snookered!

Anonymous said...

Mike Lewis and his band of dismal Hitler youth are the biggest violators. If it was Mike Lewis or one of his crooked clan they would have drank what was left in their flask and stuck a tube in the guys neck and drained his blood.

Anonymous said...

This officer is an idiot. How do you think he will be treated by staff if he ever takes a bullet in the line of duty and has to hit the ER.

Been around officers my whole life. The will not hassle nurses.

Anonymous said...

She had her supervisor on the phone in the video, telling the cop he was wrong. I swear people don't even watch the videos or read the articles....

Anonymous said...

Hippa patients including u have rights

Anonymous said...

If she Only stood back , she would have been Ok ,but she
Interfered with the police phsically , thus Handcuffed

If police were wrong on the protocol ,that's one thing, to
be resolved later..... if they wrong, they pay later

Still nurse cannot interfere using her body as force to
interfere with them , thus handcuffs get applied !!!

She also in the wrong weather or not police were ........

Anonymous said...

How does she get CONSENT when patient not conscious ??
Just let them die because they can't give consent ??
No time to get a Warrant
Maybe SHE is Guilty ....Not the Police ...Think Think !!!
What difference does it make if under arrest or not
It is LIFE or DEATH ......Dugh Nurse !!!!

Anonymous said...

Come on > all Salisbury what Ya got to say to that ????

Anonymous said...

12:47 Plain and Simple to the point !

Anonymous said...

How do one get "Consent" when you are out cold ???
How long does it take to get a warrant ?? Too LOng
Why do one have to be Under arrest to get medical treatment ??

Please don't take me to that hospital I may DIE !!!!

Anonymous said...

Worry More If I live or Die / the hell with HIPPA !!!