"Prosecutors have asked the FBI to join an investigation into the rough arrest of a Utah nurse after video of her being dragged screaming from a hospital drew widespread condemnation, authorities said Thursday.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill is overseeing a criminal investigation into officers involved in the handcuffing of nurse Alex Wubbels. He is asking for FBI help in part because his office can't prosecute possible civil rights violations like wrongful arrest, Gill said.
"This is a very important issue, and it's of great concern in our community," he said. A federal probe could also look for any larger systematic problems that contributed to the arrest, Gill said.
The FBI opened its own civil rights review after the video surfaced last week and has agreed to assist the county investigation, FBI spokeswoman Sandra Yi Barker said."
"The Salt Lake City detective who handcuffed and dragged a Utah nurse who refused to take blood from an unconscious patient has been fired from his part-time paramedic job.
Gold Cross Ambulance, an emergency response service, announced Tuesday that Payne has been fired “effective immediately,”"
It warms my heart to see people stand up for nurses. I really wish I could have been there, in the crowd chanting with them.
"Protesters chanted, "Acts of police brutality, not in our community," and called for justice for Wubbels as they held signs declaring, "Hands off our nurses" and "Fire Detective Payne.""
What University Hospital in Utah has done surprises me and I'm rarely surprised. I'm very happy to see them do this. This isn't the first time an officer of the law has arrested a nurse for refusing to do something, but this is the first time I've seen a hospital take steps to prevent it again. Kudos University Hospital in Utah and Kudos to Margaret Pearce, CNO.
"Margaret Pearce, chief nursing officer for the University of Utah hospital system, said she was “appalled” by the officer’s actions and has already implemented changes in hospital protocol to avoid any repetition.
She said police will no longer be permitted in patient-care areas, such as the burn unit where Wubbels was the charge nurse on the day of the incident and from emergency rooms.
In addition, officers will have to deal with “house supervisors” instead of nurses when they have a request."
The detective and the Lt. involved have been placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation is being conducted.
"Mayor Jackie Biskupski said there will be a criminal investigation by the Salt Lake City police department and the district attorney. As a result of the criminal investigation, the officer is being placed on full administrative leave."
ORIGINAL POST 9/1/2017:
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
County: Salt Lake County
Facility: All facilities within the county, but especially University Hospital
A nurse has been arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah for following hospital policy and the law, but being arrested by a Detective, at the orders of his Lt., because she told him that blood cannot be drawn on a patient without patient consent, a warrant or the patient being under arrest.
Here's a snippet from the article:
"Payne was suspended from the department’s blood-draw program — where officers are trained as phlebotomists so they can get blood samples — but he remains on duty with the Police Department, Shearer said. The department also has held training for the officers in the program as a result of the incident, he said."
Personally, I will not be working in Salt Lake County while that officer is still working there. I don't blame the facility for this situation at all, but I'm still not going to risk working in a location with this officer or his Lt.