Stolen Liberty: Utah Nurse Was Abused by the State

Stolen Liberty: Utah Nurse Was Abused by the State

by Lee Enochs 


In one of the most egregious examples of the abuse of state authority, a Salt Lake City nurse was manhandled and arrested by the police for refusing to let officers draw blood from an unconscious crash victim. The arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels, was captured on a body camera video that has now been seen by alarmed viewers across the country.

The shocking event transpired July 26, when a unconscious crash victim was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit in a coma.  Despite the fact that the comatose patient was not a suspect in the car wreck that killed the other driver, police detectives demanded that nurse Wubbels draw blood from the unconscious patient.

However, Wubbels, the charge nurse on duty, refused per hospital policy, and showed the police officers the University of Utah Hospital policy on drawing blood and pointed out to the detectives that their demands did not meet the hospital’s policy that states that the police were required to have a judge’s order or the consent of the unconscious patient.
 The nurse also stipulated that hospital policy also allowed for the patient’s blood to be drawn if he was under arrest which was not the case in this incident.

After nurse Wubbels refused, the video clearly shows Salt Lake police Det. Jeff Payne rush over to Wubbels and tells the nurse,

  “Oh, please. We’re done here. We’re done. We’re done.”
Wubbels then screamed as  Det. Payne violently forces her out the  hospital door toward a police car. She screams for him to stop, saying, “I’ve done nothing wrong! I’ve done nothing wrong! Why is this happening? This is crazy!”
She asks out loud why the officer is “so angry.”
Then Det. Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in the police car, where she sat for about 20 minutes where she remained until she was released without the police pressing charges.
In the name of God and all that is holy, these incidents of police abuse of authority must stop!
What happened to nurse Wubbels was a violation of the U.S. Constitution and her civil liberties.
Specifically, what the Utah police did to Wubbels was a clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects personal privacy, and every citizen’s right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion into their persons, homes, businesses, and property — whether through police stops of citizens on the street, arrests, or searches of homes and businesses.
Friends of Liberty and Democracy in the United States of America should be outraged at this abuse of power. Unfortunately this sort of thing is happening all to often across America these days.
From the abuse American citizens often receive at the hands of the TSA at our local airports to the increased militarization of local police agencies, we should be concerned with infringements upon our constitutional rights and civil liberties.
If we do not speak out against incidents like what happened to nurse Wubbels, our democracy will die at the hands of the police state.
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