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Utah detective fired after nurse's wrongful arrest caught on video

A Utah police officer who was seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse has been fired. The video shows Detective Jeff Payne roughly handcuffing nurse Alex Wubbels in July. She was refusing to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient.


Wubbels was detained by police at the Salt Lake City hospital where she works. She says it was an unlawful arrest and that she wants the public to see the disturbing video so it doesn’t happen again.

The arrest came after Wubbels told officers that they need either an electronic warrant, patient consent or to be placing the patient under arrest in order for her to give them the blood sample.

“This is something that you guys agreed to with this hospital,” Wubbels said in video provided by The Salt Lake Tribune. “The three things that allow us to do that are if you have electronic warrant, patient consent or patient under arrest … and neither of those things … the patient can’t consent, he told me repeatedly that he doesn’t have a warrant and the patient is not under arrest. So, I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do, that’s all.”

Body cam footage taken July 26 after an car accident shows Payne forcibly arrest Wubbels as she explained the hospital’s rules regarding blood draws. Cops did not have an electronic warrant for the procedure, the unconscious patient could not give consent, nor was he under arrest.

Payne says, “We’re done, we’re done — you’re under arrest. We’re going, we’re done, we’re done, I said we’re done!”

“Somebody help me. Stop! You’re assaulting me, stop!” Wubbels said during the exchange. “Stop — I’ve done nothing wrong!”

Wubbels was later released and no criminal charges were filed against her.


The hospital released a statement reiterating its support for the nurse.

“She followed procedures and protocols in this matter and was acting in her patient’s best interest,” the hospital said. “We have worked with our law enforcement partners on this issue to ensure an appropriate process for moving forward.”

“I can’t sit on this video and not attempt to speak out both to re-educate and inform,” Wubbels said. “[Law enforcement agencies] need to be having conversations about what is appropriate intervention. It hurts to relive it.”


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