Friday 22 September 2017

FBI asked to investigate police in rough arrest of nurse who refused to draw blood from patient

Prosecutors are asking the FBI to help investigate the rough arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to draw blood from a patient.

Any officer involved in the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels should be investigated for both civil rights and criminal violations, Salt Lake County district attorney Sim Gill said.

The dispute on July 26, captured on dramatic body-camera video, ended with Ms Wubbels being dragged from a hospital in handcuffs, screaming that she had done nothing wrong.

She was following hospital protocol when she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient without a warrant. Detective Jeff Payne insisted and was supported by his lieutenant when he put her in handcuffs.

Salt Lake City police apologised and put Payne on leave after the video drew widespread attention last week.

A Utah police officer seen on the video roughly arresting Ms Wubbels was fired on Tuesday from his part-time paramedic job.

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