In a case of an overzealous cop, who evidently has no clue about the laws or the constitution of the United States arrested a nurse, Alex Wubbels, who refused to draw blood from an unconscious man. The patient was a truck driver who was hit when a man in a car who was running from the police swerved into his lane causing a crash.
The truck driver had done nothing wrong and would not be facing any charges for the accident. Therefore, the cop had no reasonable cause nor did he have a warrant. As such, the emergency room nurse refused to draw any blood from him. She calmly explained the hospital rules and noted that the police had signed off on the rules a year before. Drawing blood or taking a DNA sample would be illegal search and seizure.
The cop threatened to arrest her for impeding an investigation and she repeated the rule, but the cop refused to listen and he got angrier by the minute. Finally, he grabbed her and forced her outside the hospital where he promptly put her in cuffs and threw her into the back of his car as the woman pleaded for help. She was held there for 20 minutes before they released her and no charges were filed against her. She says she does not plan to sue, which I disagree with since the cop in question faced no punishment at all for manhandling her and making a false arrest.
‘The only job I have as a nurse is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw – it gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing – but blood is your blood, it’s your property,’ Wubbels told the Today show.
Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said that Chief Mike Brown has seen the ‘very alarming’ footage.
Shearer admitted that the department’s blood-draw policy hadn’t been updated, but that they are now working to educate all officers on the current policy.
Payne is still on active duty but he was suspended from the blood draw program and an internal investigation is ongoing.
Perhaps even more concerning is a comment Payne is heard saying on the video to another officer.
Talking about his other job as an ambulance driver, Payne says :’I’ll bring ’em all the transients and take the good patients elsewhere.’
Wubbels was civil when asked what she would like to see happen to the officer.
If her name sounds familiar to you, Wubbels was on the US Olympic Ski team in 2006 and 2010.