The University of Utah Hospital, where a nurse was mistreated and restrained by police as she defended the legal rights of a patient, has imposed new constraints on law implementation, including prohibiting officers from patient-care domains and from direct contact with nurses.
Gordon Crabtree, interim chief executive of the hospital, said that he was profoundly concerned by the detention and mistreatment of burn unit nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26. In agreement with hospital administration and the law, she had declined to allow a Salt Lake City police officer to take a blood specimen from an unconscious patient.
Alex Wubbels got a copy of the body cam video of the encounter and, after consulting her lawyer, the hospital and police officials issued it. This will not happen again, and Alex Wubbles was praised for putting her own safety at jeopardy to defend the freedoms of patients.
This is crazy, cries Utah hospital nurse as a cop roughs her up, and arrests her for doing her job.
It’s horrifying what the police did to this nurse and modifications have now been implemented in the hospital rules to circumvent any repetition of the event. Police will no longer be allowed in patient-care domains, such as the burn unit where Alex Wubbels was the charge nurse on the day of the episode and from emergency quarters.
In addition, police will have to deal with house supervisors rather than nurses when they have a request. This will ensure that nurses dedicate themselves solely to patient care without arrests, while other officials dispense with police demands.
The policy was executed quietly in August before the episode became known.
The episode, which has brought national awareness in part because of the climactic video, which involved Detective Jeff Payne, who continued in demanding a blood sample from an unconscious truck driver at the hospital who had earlier been involved in an accident originating from a police pursuance of a suspect.
The hospital and the law in Utah and nationwide require police to have a warrant or authorization from the patient to draw a blood sample in such situations. Detective Jeff Payne had neither.
After Alex Wubbels respectfully and repeatedly read hospital procedure to him and had a supervisor back her up on a speakerphone connection, Detective Jeff Payne snapped. He grabbed hold of the nurse, pushed her out of the building and cuffed her hands behind her back.
A confused Alex Wubbels yelled for somebody to help her and that the detective was assaulting her as the detective pushed her into an unmarked vehicle and accused her of meddling with an investigation but this Utah nurse’s rough arrest has put patient consent law and police control in the limelight.
The police department stated that two of its employees had been put on administrative leave pending the outcomes of an investigation but did not give particulars. A criminal investigation has started, according to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, and the city’s mayor and its police chief apologised to Alex Wubbels in a statement.
As Alex Wubbels recounted the altercation with Detective Jeff Payne, she said that weeks after the episode she didn’t think the police were being held accountable.
The discussions she had with the Salt Lake City police originally were progressive, and they wanted to walk down a path of decisive change. But she did not have that same acknowledgement from the university police and the university security, so it was a little bit of a trigger to say, all right, this is what you need to see. If you’re not willing to see it then I’ll show it to you.
Alex Wubbels said that she didn’t want to police the police, but stated she and her attorney were contemplating a lawsuit if the departments concerned in the episode didn’t renew their policies.
Alex Wubbels said that she felt deceived by both Salt Lake City police and university security. She recounted how she sought to get guards to intervene, saying that Detective Payne appeared hostile from the second he arrived.
In the video, university officers can be seen standing by as Detective Payne fiercely grabs and arrests the nurse. She was terrified and went down into the emergency department to get help, to have someone protect her because she had felt unsafe from officer Payne from the start.
University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy apologised to Alex Wubbels and hospital personnel for his initial response to the episode. He stated he hadn’t seen the body camera footage until much later and realised then that he hadn’t taken it seriously enough.
He was then able to witness firsthand how badly the situation had been managed, and that this was not how law enforcing professionals should act. Alex Wubbels should not have been subjected to arrest for doing her job and pledged to put his officers through de-escalation training.
The patient Alex Wubbels tried to protect was 43-year-old William Gray, a truck driver who is also a reserve officer with the police department in Rigby, Idaho. William Gray was driving down the highway near Logan, Utah when a suspect fleeing police crossed into approaching traffic and smashed head-on into his tractor trailer.
The vehicle caught fire, and William Gray was seriously burned in the fire. The suspect perished in the collision and Alex Wubble should be commended for her professionalism and should be praised for holding steadfast in her judgment.
Preserving the rights of others is a really noble act. William Gray was still recuperating in the hospital, and he was not suspected of any wrongdoing in connection with the collision.
Alex Wubbels, 41, has served as a nurse at the hospital since 2009. She was earlier a member of the U.S. alpine ski team and competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.
She returned to the burn unit approximately a week and a half following her detention. Alex Wubbels required that time to give her emotions a rest so that she could come out and be practical and efficient in her statement.
She stood her ground. She stood for what was moral, which was to protect the patient, and any nurse, she believes, would have done precisely what she did.
It has given more ladder by America’s Gestapo and Donald Trump has given them more authority to be more proactive by enabling them to arm up with Military Style Equipment and use it to restrain American’s 1st Amendment Rights. It’s time to let people know that America’s Police Forces know it’s the US against them.
The Chief of Police confirmed the detective didn’t react properly. He did the usual and both Mr Payne and the Chief of Police should be discharged immediately. The police are forever later stating that they made a huge blunder and that they are sorry.
If you said to a police officer that you were sorry because you were speeding, you would still get a ticket. It appears that police officers believe they are beyond the law and it just goes to show that the Police are the most deadly gang in America.
If one watches the whole video, you can see that the supervisory cop telling Alex Wubbles while she’s sitting in the vehicle still handcuffed, with Detective Payne still towering over her, that she was wrong and that she should obey civil actions and remedies.
When a Detective like Payne wants to disregard the fundamentals, human dignity, natural rights, and constitutionally protected freedoms. The civil solution, let a judge rule if the evidence Detective Payne collected could be used in a court.
There was no remedy or lawsuit against Detective Payne. No remedy for the aggrieved, even if she/he is actually injured, killed, or shot in the process. This is what a cop is shown. No one’s freedoms mean anything when he’s implementing the law or investigating, and whatever he believes is necessary is okay and he will be supported by his system.
It occurs every day in America. Interaction with police at any level is dangerous to human beings and will end in the loss of dignity, dismissal of rights, and could probably lead to physical injury and even death.
It appears that cops are on a power trip maybe not all cops, but enough of them.
Barely a week goes by without an incendiary video of some cop or cops behaving in a strange or thoughtless manner. The cop, in this case, was way out of line. He was probably over caffeinated or experiencing pangs of doughnut withdrawal.
This is not really unusual these days and it’s terrible. Cops are out of control, as can be viewed by cell phone footage and police body cams and unless this ends, we will be joining a police state. Right is right, and police officers have to begin policing themselves.
We should not let people like Detective Payne get away with this baloney and he has probably done this before. This does not happen out of anywhere and he has been protected by the blue code of silence.
It’s horrifying that without the phone and body camera videos the Detective could have easily arrested her for resisting arrest or could have threatened someone else into violating the patient’s rights. The Detective apparently deemed himself superior to this nurse so picture how he and his kind see those most vulnerable relative to police officers levels of control, the who are poor and those who are non-white.
There are a number of confused armchair lawyers so to clarify. The concept of implied consent just means that by the act of applying for a drivers license you have agreed to the taking of some sort of chemical analysis when police have likely ground to believe you might have been driving under the influence of drugs or liquor.
For years some jurisdictions understood this to imply that a driver was expected to give a breath specimen or if the motorist was unable or disinclined to give a breath or a blood specimen. The Supreme Court clarified that meant permission authorised the police to take a breath specimen but that the taking of a blood specimen was too invasive of a procedure to be taken without permission or a suitably administered warrant.
The nurse was attempting to demonstrate this to the Detective. A lot of people have opinions about what happened, and appear to think that the nurse was attempting to prevent the Detective based on hospital procedures.
While the hospital did have procedures about this, they were based on modern case law and the Supreme Court ruling and were collectively agreed to by the University of Utah hospital and the SLCPD. So people trying to dispute that the Detective had the power to take the blood based on the implied consent doctrine, then they are wrong.
The Detective obviously has the classic big mouth and this nincompoop is the real representation of police arrogance. The very kind that gets them killed and Detective Payne was clearly not occupied in obeying the law.
Did he not consider that the charge nurse would react this way? And the University police was further derelict. It took the nurse going public to get them to take this matter seriously and the only way cops listen is to make them then go to someone else to hold them culpable.
These are the kind of cops that shoot first and protect themselves later and it was best that he was seen for what he is in this situation, rather than taking a young life because he was not being obeyed. For cops that is what it appears, it’s all about, and that all you have to listen to me I am God mentality and we require a more distinct force out there.
Modern Police departments also put peoples lives in danger by having high-speed pursuances. Clearly, Utah simply doesn’t understand and the Detective infringed the Federal Color of Law, which is an offence.
As a nurse, it is part of the pledge to protect all patients and to serve as their advocate and this should serve as a wake-up call for those contemplating going to nursing school. If this offence continues to ferment, then there is no immunity from the reach of an out of control administration.
Let’s face a reality that the cop was a total simpleton. All professions have them and when they’re rooted out by their own ignorance, they should be expelled from their posts at once.
Apparently, the officer at the centre of the debate over his handling of the Utah nurse was told not to bother about getting blood from an unconscious car crash victim in the hospital but decided to do so nevertheless.
At the hospital, Detective Payne relayed his difficulty in getting the blood specimen to a Logan detective, who was not at the hospital. According to Jensen, the detective then told Detective Payne the Logan department could get the blood through other means.
Apparently, he didn’t tell him you must stop, he just said don’t worry about it, we’ll go another way and Detective Payne’s actions were not in the real interest of the patient, the nurses or law enforcement.
He could have simply packed up and gone home.
The police didn’t seek a warrant because they didn’t originally realise the victim was unconscious and they had hoped to get the victim’s permission.
Some people disregard what it purports to serve society, and turn it around to believe that the people are there to serve their individual wants, this seems to be the latest trend, whose standards are being established in the highest places.
Apparently, the article has now been renewed with the report that Detective Payne has been discharged from his part-time paramedic position after declaring that he’d only bring critical patients to the University of Utah.
The horrifying piece of the new information is the reality that the police chief, made conciliatory remarks, and he took ages to view the footage that made plain that his officers were way out of line.
Nurses work long hours for an average wage to preserve the lives of patients, and to facilitate the passage through extreme and terrifying medical matters and I do hope this nurse seeks both legal and financial assistance upon the outrageous man who violated her, and the department who paid him to do it.