A nurse claims she was assaulted by a Salt Lake City police officer when she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient.
Det. Jeff Payne wanted the blood draw from a trucker injured in a crash with a vehicle driven by a man fleeing from police. I'm not going to get blood.
"In fairness to all those involved I have requested a criminal investigation into the incident so that the District Attorneys office could screen the matter after gathering all the facts", Gill stated.
The administrator asked Payne over speaker phone, "Why are you blaming the messenger, sir?" "But people need to know that this is out there". She shows Payne a printed copy of the policy, and Payne continues to insist that he has the authority to take the blood samples. "You're under arrest, we're going!"
The nurse, Alex Wubbles, refused, noting that the officer did not have an electronic warrant or consent, and that the patient was not under arrest.
"I've done nothing wrong!"
She was released 20 minutes later and has never been charged. The name plate on his uniform is illegible in the video.
He says the department has taken steps to ensure it won't happen again.
Wubbels then lets out a cry as Payne charges after her and then drags her outside where he pushed her against a wall and starts putting her in handcuffs. "Your policy doesn't affect my legal standing".
The hospital said it had created a new policy with police that would preclude officers from arriving in person to seek blood samples. Utah Highway Patrol officers had noticed a truck driving erratically on the freeway. Suddenly, Marcos Torres, 26 came barrelling down the road, crashing into Gray's truck head on.
Although Wubbels was later released and no charges were filed against her she and her attorney Kara Porter said in a press conference held Thursday that they released the footage as evidence of how health care workers are being bullied and harassed by police. She said she had watched the video footage several times but said "it hurts to relive it", reported the Salt Lake Tribune.
"This is insane", a visibly upset Wubbels screams. The officer was still on duty but had been suspended from the department's blood draw unit.
Officials have launched an internal investigation.
The patient, William Gray, is a reserve police officer in Rigby, Idaho, according to the city's police. He didn't have a warrant, the patient didn't give consent and the patient was not under arrest. "If they need blood they need to go through the proper channels". In his report, Tracy explained that he spoke with Wubbels on the phone and attempted to convince her to take the blood too, noting that they had "implied consent".
As The Washington Post noted in its report Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court "has explicitly ruled that blood can only be drawn from drivers for probable cause, with a warrant".