A Salt Lake City police detective snapped when a nurse from the University of Utah Hospital told him she couldn’t take a patient’s blood without his consent or warrant according to a report by The Washington Post.
On July 26, Alex Wubbels, head of the burn unit, got her supervisor on the phone to explain to Detective Jeff Payne that Wubbels could not allow him to take the unconscious man’s blood because it was not only against hospital policy, but also against the law.
Detective Payne continued to insist that Wubbels allow him to take the blood, but she politely refused. Payne suddenly grabbed the nurse by the arms a violently shoves her out of the hospital.
“Help! Help me! Stop! You’re assaulting me! Stop! I’ve done nothing wrong! This is crazy!” Wubbels screamed.
As two hospital officials pleaded with the detective that she was only doing her job, Payne pressed her against the wall and handcuffed her hands behind her back.
Wubbels, who was not charged, held a news conference on Thursday and played a video of the event in an effort to bring attention to the way police treat hospital workers. She had not ruled out legal action.
“I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse. If that’s not something that’s going to happen and there is refusal to acknowledge the need for growth and the need for re-education, then we will likely be forced to take that type of step. But people need to know that this is out there.”