It has been a complete month when a Utah nurse was illegally arrested and assaulted by a police detective from Salt Lake City. Her fault: she was just following the hospital’s policy. It all started when she refused the police detective to take a blood sample from the unconscious patient as the act was against the policy of the hospital.
The Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Payne caught on video forcefully dragging, handcuffing and illegally arresting University Hospital’s nurse, Alex Wubbels. The video footage had out from the University Hospital, the video went viral featuring the officer insisting to draw blood from an unconscious patient. In addition, the patients got injured in an accident on July 26 in northern Utah in which the another person had died.
After a month-long internal investigation that found the detective officer Jeff Payne violated the policies of the police department, the Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision.
While handcuffing and forcefully dragging by Detective Payne, Wubbles was screaming and she was asking for help. At that time, she was screaming, “Help! Help! Somebody help me! Stop! Stop! I did nothing wrong!”
The video footage clearly shows that how the officer dragged Wubbles out of the hospital and take the nurse inside the patrol car.
Payne earlier said, “I’ll bring them all the transients and take good patients elsewhere.”
A spokesperson for the Salt Lake City police department, Sgt. Brandon Shearer said, an internal investigation found evidence that Payne violated department’s policies when he used the force of power on Alex Wubbels, dragged her out of the hospital and illegally arrested her.
Payne’s attorney Greg Skordas said, the detective officer has served the police department well for around three decades. Skordas has questioned whether Payne’s behavior deserves termination.
The case had become the national conversation after Wubbels and her lawyer released the body-camera video in late August.