A Utah nurse who was dragged out of a hospital and handcuffed by police after refusing their request to draw blood from an unconscious patient said she “was scared to death” and feels “betrayed” following the incident.
“We determined today it was best to part ways”, Gold Cross Ambulance President Mike Moffitt said of Salt Lake City police officer Jeff Payne to The Salt Lake City Tribune. Payne is now on administrative leave for the Salt Lake City Police Department.
The hospital has announced that law enforcement officers will no longer be allowed in patient care areas.
The Rigby Police Department wrote on Facebook Friday that it was one of their reserve officers, William Gray, who was injured in the July accident that led to the viral video.
Salt Lake City Police have begun an internal investigation into the incident, and the city’s mayor has issued an apology on behalf of the officer.
Payne then grabs Wubbels, shoving her out of the building, before handcuffing and arresting her while Wubbels screams for him to stop.
Gold Cross is a private company that contracts with Salt Lake City to respond to medical calls in the city.
She defended her defiance and said any other nurse “would have done the same thing that day”. “But I did not have that same response from the university police and the university security”, Wubbels said.
Nurse Alex Wubbels hinted she may file a lawsuit after her July 26 arrest. And they simply didn’t care or were too arrogant to listen when presented with the policy in writing, or with explanations from Wubbels and a hospital supervisor over the phone.
WUBBELS WENT public with the video at a September 1 press conference in which she described her assault and arrest.
“Law enforcement who come to the hospital for any reason involving patients will be required to check in to the front desk of the hospital”, chief nursing officer Margaret Pearce said in a statement, according to NPR. A suspect fleeing Utah State Highway Patrol collided head-on with Gray’s truck, killing himself and critically injuring Gray. The protocol was created by an agreement between the hospital and police department.
The cop was put on administrative leave as the alarming footage was shared publically and authorities launched a criminal investigation into the incident. “I stood for what was right, which was to protect the patient”, Wubbels told CNN.