Mayor, police chief apologize after body cam video shows arrest of Utah nurse
(KSL) – (UPDATE 5:21 p.m.) Salt Lake City's Mayor and police chief are apologizing for the violent arrest of a nurse by a detective.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said, "that was not a just arrest."
Police say Detective Jeff Payne arrested Alex Wubbels for not allowing blood to be taken from an unconscious patient at the hospital.
The patient hadn't given consent and the detective didn't have a warrant or probable cause, according to The Washington Post.
Officials have not fired Payne, saying they are conducting an investigation into the incident.
The chief says Payne has been put on modified duty.
Disturbing body camera video shows a Utah nurse being arrested for refusing to draw blood from a patient for police who had no warrant.
Alex Wubbels said she couldn't believe what was happening.
"This is crazy. This is crazy. Why is he so angry?" she is heard on body camera video, nearly in tears, as she is being arrested by Salt Lake police detective Jeff Payne.
Wubbels was working her shift as a charge nurse, or a liaison between patients and doctors and hospital managers, at University Hospital's Burn Unit when she was handcuffed in the middle of her work area, pulled outside and put into a police patrol car for about 20 minutes.
The incident began when a truck driver was severely burned in a head-on crash with a vehicle that was fleeing from police in Cache County and crossed into oncoming traffic. The driver of the fleeing vehicle was killed.
The truck driver was sedated and in a comatose state when he arrived at the hospital.
Payne, a veteran Salt Lake police officer, was sent to the hospital by another police agency to get vials of blood for the investigation. But because the patient was not a suspect in the crash nor faced potential criminal charges, because he was unconscious and unable to give consent, and because the officer did not have a warrant, Wubbels -- one of the supervisors that night -- did not allow him to draw blood.
"If they needed blood, then they needed to go through to proper channels to take it," she said.
NBC News 2017