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Salt Lake City Police Apologize to Nurse Arrested for Doing Her Job

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:30 pm


streiff covered this incident earlier today. If you have Internet access, you have seen the video. Even if you have been living under a rock, you have heard about this, because people are running around showing the video to people living under rocks.

Now the police department has inevitably apologized:

Salt Lake City police apologized Friday for arresting a nurse who, citing hospital policy, refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious accident victim. The arrest of Alex Wubbels, who was later released without charge, was captured on body camera video that the police chief said was alarming.

The incident happened July 26, when an accident victim was admitted to the University of Utah Hospital burn unit in a coma. Though the man was not a suspect in the crash, which killed the other driver, police asked for his blood to be drawn.

Wubbels, the charge nurse in the burn unit, presented the officers with a printout of hospital policy on drawing blood and said their request did not meet the criteria. Hospital policy specified police needed either a judge’s order or the patient’s consent, or the patient needed to be under arrest, before obtaining a blood sample.

“I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do. That’s all,” Wubbels tells the officers, according to the body camera video.

If they think the apology is forestalling a lawsuit, I would like to take this opportunity to heartily laugh at them. The lawsuit is coming. The only question is how big the payout will be.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. As a resident of Salt Lake I’m hoping this cop gets his head handed to him and goes to prison.
    Out of line and 100% wrong, he displays everything bad about law enforcement. Make him and example and make the Nurse a multimillionaire.

    Comment by grayjohn — 9/2/2017 @ 8:06 am

  2. So, if I’m interpreting this right, the officer’s opinion was that he can arrest a person for refusing to perform tasks for him? Even if the task wasn’t illegal, that’s what a police state looks like.

    At the very least, every officer involved in this crime needs to be fired immediately. I also hope the nurse sues.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 9/2/2017 @ 11:47 am

  3. Dumb question, even if an offense is committed why the arrest?

    Where I live they would be issued with a summons, the arrest wouldn’t pass muster even if she committed an offense.

    Comment by benaud — 9/2/2017 @ 8:34 pm

  4. “The lawsuit is coming. The only question is how big the payout will be.”

    Which will all be pretty much irrelevant to preventing similar things from happening again. Who is it that has to pay the money? Not the guy who actually did it. It will be the taxpayers, through the government agency responsible (assuming they don’t have sovereign immunity). There will be some bad publicity, forgotten in a week or two, and then right back to business as usual.

    Comment by Luke Stywalker — 9/3/2017 @ 2:41 am

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