LISTEN TO TLR’S LATEST PODCAST:
SALT LAKE CITY — On July 26th Salt Lake Police detective Jeff Payne arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and detained her for 20 minutes after she refused to give him vials of an unconscious patient’s blood without a warrant.
From the KSL.com story:
“I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things. And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property. And when a patient comes in in a critical state, that blood is extremely important and I don’t take it lightly,” she said.
Police say the officer is still on duty, but Internal Affairs is investigating.
In the body camera video, Wubbels is seen on her phone with numerous supervisors advising them of what was happening and getting confirmation about the policy. Payne sounds impatient in the video and continues to threaten to arrest her.
After the incident the Salt Lake Police Department has changed their blood drawing policies and say they’ve retrained officers.
Fully body cam footage:
UPDATE September 1, 2017 Salt Lake Police Officials make statement on this event. Detective Payne has been suspended: