Remember nurse, Alex Wubbels, who refused a request made by Detective Jeff Payne to draw blood on an unconscious patient without a warrant or court order in 2017? Well, he was fired, but quietly rehired.
Here’s the video of the tyrannical cop handcuffing and arresting this innocent, lawful nurse who refused to go along with his lawlessness.
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The incident occurring on July 26, 2017, revolved around a car crash that followed a high speed police chase.
According to The Blaze:
A vehicle driven by an unnamed suspect was fleeing from police in Cache County when it crossed into on coming traffic and suffered a head-on collision with a truck. The suspect was killed in the crash, and the truck driver was taken to the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. The truck driver was severely burned in the crash, so he was sedated and admitted to the hospital’s burn unit.
For reasons that are not immediately clear — the truck driver was not suspected of a crime and the suspect was deceased — Payne was ordered by his supervisors to obtain a blood sample from the truck driver and to arrest anyone who attempted to interfere.
There was only one problem: Payne had no warrant, lacked probable cause to get a warrant, and the truck driver was unconscious and thus could not consent to having his blood drawn.
The Deseret News reported that Ms. Wubbels refused to collect the blood Payne requested because he did not have a warrant nor meet the mandatory requirements of the hospital, made in conjunction with the police department, for collecting the blood.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the detective’s colleague at about the 3:56 mark call Ms. Wubbells “f****** stupid.”
Before the assault of the nurse by Payne, the officers were discussing the blood draw.
Payne’s colleague even indicated the hospital may want a warrant.
The other officer can be heard telling Payne to instruct Ms. Wubbels to get the blood sample or she would be arrested.
Payne’s colleague can also be heard saying it cannot be the first time that blood had to be taken from an unconscious patient.
Moreover, Payne’s colleague questioned at what point the hospital personnel would know they were violating the law.
All the while, Payne stood near the nurses’ station holding up the wall.
Well, I wondered why no one in that hospital confronted Jeff Payne for his criminal behavior. Why is there such cowardice in America, today?
Fast forward more than two years now.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Jeff Payne, the former Salt Lake City police officer who handcuffed nurse Alex Wubbels, has been hired to work at the Weber County jail, a human resources employee confirmed Wednesday.
The county’s human resources office said Payne was hired Aug. 9 to work part time at the jail in a position that does not include benefits. Sheriff’s officials later confirmed that Payne was hired as a “civilian corrections assistant” to work in the medical unit of the jail.
By the way, this is not the first time that the county has hired a peace officer that was previously fired from their job.
The department also hired a former University of Utah detective who was fired after she ignored concerns from student athlete Lauren McCluskey, who later was murdered, and from a 17-year-old girl who said she had been unlawfully detained by a U. student she was dating.
“We acknowledge the concerns raised from the incident at the University of Utah,” the sheriff’s office statement reads. “We stand by our decision to hire Mr. Payne as a civilian employee and wish him success here at the sheriff’s office.”
Well, it seems the people need to vote themselves a new sheriff, doesn’t it?
Matt Agorist correctly comments on the situation:
As this incident illustrates, police appear to not care at all about Wubbels assault and subsequent kidnapping that fateful night. That’s why, instead of waiting for the local police to take action, the University of Utah Hospital responded by changing its policies and banning police officers from patient-care areas and from direct contact with nurses.
During a press conference in September 2017, Gordon Crabtree, interim chief executive of the hospital, described Wubbels, who is also a former Olympian, as an “Olympic-sized hero” who went above and beyond to protect a patient’s legal rights.
“Alex Wubbels stood firm and upheld hospital policy, patient privacy—she put her own safety at risk to ensure the safety and privacy of the patient. Her actions are nothing less than exemplary,” Crabtree said. “She handled this situation with the utmost courage and integrity. Our hospital continues to offer our full support to Nurse Wubbels, and we extend our appreciation to her for her dedication and her service.”
Crabtree said he was “deeply troubled” by the details of the incident when he received reports of it the morning after it happened. “There is absolutely no tolerance for that kind of behavior in our hospital,” he said.
“To our nurses and staff, this will not happen again,” Crabtree vowed. “And to that end, we are changing and have changed our interface protocols with our law enforcement. A move that I first set in motion within hours of the event with my team has made changes that we have actually implemented over the last several weeks. Our care nurses and staff will not be the first point of contact with law enforcement.”
Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer for the University of Utah Hospital system, said she was “appalled” by the actions of the officers, and she found their treatment of Nurse Wubbels to be “totally unacceptable.”
Pearce noted that the new policies do not allow police to enter patient-care areas such as the burn unit where Payne encountered Wubbels. When officers do visit the hospital in search of a patient’s blood sample, they will have to deal with “house supervisors.” She said the hope is that not only will similar events not happen again, but that nurses will be able to devote their full attention to the patients they are caring for, without worrying about interference from police.
Agorist also addresses the thing that has not been addressed in the story.
While the tyrannical way Payne treated Wubbels, and the fact that she is a hero for standing up for her patient’s legal rights, have been addressed, there is one major fact that has not—the reason why the officers were so adamant about obtaining a blood sample from the patient in question.
William Gray, a reserve police officer from Rigby, Idaho, who has since died from his injuries, was the comatose patient whose blood was demanded by the Salt Lake City officers. Gray was working as a truck driver when a car crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with his truck. The driver of the car was the suspect of a police chase.
A statement released by the Rigby Police Department noted that Gray was the victim in the crash and “at no time was he under any suspicion of wrongdoing.” This serves as a reminder that police may have been in search of substances in Gray’s blood that could impair his driving, and leave him with the liability for the crash that occurred as a result of a dangerous police chase.
This man should never be allowed to work in any sort of public service. He should be arrested and charged for his crimes against Ms. Wubbel. Instead, he will continue a career in “law enforcement.”
Where are the cops who will actually speak out and address this lawlessness?
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