Utah Nurse Reaches $500,000 Settlement For Her Detainment After Blocking Cop From Drawing Blood From Unconscious Patient
The Jones Brown Team recently reported on a story that came out of Salt Lake City Utah, where a University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbles was handcuffed and detained by a Salt Lake City police Detective after she barred him from drawing blood from an unconscious patient. The hospital security camera footage and body cam video from the Salt Lake City Detective that showed Wubbles detainment went viral, and the outrage from across the nation was immediately evident. Karra Porter, attorney for Wubbles said at a news conference, that the agreement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah covers all parties and takes the possibility of legal action off the table. “There will be no lawsuit,” she said. The incident drew widespread condemnation after Porter released police body camera and hospital security footage of the encounter on Aug. 31, 2017.
Here is the video that was taken July 26th, 2017:
Alex Wubbles has stated to news outlets that she will be using a portion of the money to help people get body camera footage, at no cost, of incidents involving themselves. In addition, Kerra Porter’s law firm, Christensen & Jensen will provide free legal services necessary to obtain body cam video. Wubbles stated,
“We all deserve to know the truth and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage and that’s what happened in my case. No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through.”
Wubbles has also stated that she will also be making a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and will help head the campaign, #EndNurseAbuse by the American Nurses Association. Wubbles attorney Porter said that she hopes the discussion about the need for police body cameras continues and noted that the body cam footage will not only affect and protect citizens but the law enforcement community as well.
The detainment of Wubble, which took place on July 26th, 2017, began when she refused to allow Detective Jeff Payne of the Salt Lake City Police department to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had been involved in a traffic accident in Cache County Utah earlier in the day. Wubbles informed Detective Payne that her patient, the crash victim, was not under arrest and that he, (Detective Payne,) did not have a warrant to obtain a blood draw, nor could he obtain consent from her patient because the man was unconscious.
Detective Payne insisted to Wubbles that he had “implied consent” to obtain the blood and eventually detained Wubbles after her protest and refusal to allow the blood to be drawn. Detective Payne placed Wubbles in handcuffs, some argue that he did so with excessive force, and placed Wubbles in his police cruiser located outside the University Hospital. Detective Payne eventually released Wubbles after about 20 minutes and charges were never filed against Wubbles.
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