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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:

 

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  • vbscript2

    That officer should serve time for unlawful arrest. Unlawful arrest should have consequences and officers need to understand the law they’re supposed to be enforcing.

  • Pee Nut

    Detective Jeff Payne should be held personally responsible for unlawful arrest and for roughing up nurse Wubbels. A substantial monetary penalty should be awarded to her from the detective’s own bank account. A very heart felt apology would help too. Let nothing like this disgusting show ever happen again

    • Kevin L Mallender

      We would like to think so, but I’ll bet good money this isn’t the first time this cop did something just like this, definitely on a power trip with history of it.

  • fredhauserjr

    There is always one worthless power trip cop on all forces, we all know who it is on Salt Lake City’s.

  • Brian

    WOW, after seeing this for myself this is most concerning. I try to avoid anything politically hot or confrontational on social media, but this one gets to me.

    To begin with, the truck driver in question had absolutely no way to avoid the suspect being chased by law enforcement as the suspect veered at an aggressive angle at a high rate of speed, directly in the heavy trucks path. The truck driver was perfectly in his lane and in the rightmost lane it that. He had absolutely no way or time to correct to avoid the incident. I really feel for this truck driver and there is no indication that he did anything but the right thing.

    So then there is the nurse. I really feel for her and there is no indication that he did anything but the right thing. She tried to deescalate the situation by using a respectful tone and manner, she printed the hospital policy to show credibility, etc. I love her! She’s just what everyone wants in a nurse and deserves the utmost respect. It is heartbreaking to see her detained.

    For the officer, I think he was trying to do the right thing. Apparently he thought that getting the blood sample would exonerate the truck driver. I appreciate that. He aggressively wanted to do right by the truck driver. I appreciate that. The trouble is that the truck driver did not need to be cleared, he was a victim. I think this detective is likely a person that genuinely wants to do right by others and did not handle this situation as well as he could have. I hope he meets with the nurse and they resolve the situation in an amicable manner.

    I’m an MBA student taking my last class. Go Pilots! And a proud Navy vet. Go Navy! Some people think they know what MBA’s are and have no concept. Often they make reckless accusations and assume the worst. The program I’ve been in focuses on solving complex problems with respect to all of the concerns without neglecting any of the concerns or stakeholders. I think this case is one where many people that got up in the morning with the intention of doing the right thing were put in conflict with a criminal that did not have any intention of doing the right thing. Sometimes that results in tragedy. It appears to be the case here. Unfortunately the 100% responsibility of the criminal is not factored in as it should, 100%. Fortunately the nurse was not hurt and in the end she will be better for it; after all, she’s already the salt of the Earth! I hope the same is true for the detective. Best Wishes!

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