A Utah nurse who was arrested after refusing to break the law and draw blood from an unconscious car crash victim for a Salt Lake City cop has agreed to a $500,000 settlement.
Alex Wubbels reached the agreement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah, who rant eh hospital where the incident occurred. The settlement takes any potential lawsuit against the city or the university off the table, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.
Wubbels’ confrontation with the officer quickly went viral when the nurse obtained and released police-body-camera and hospital-security footage of the incident.
After the video went viral, the officer lost his job as a part-time paramedic before eventually also losing his job as a police officer.
In the video, Wubbels can be seen explaining to the officer, Detective Jeff Payne, and a hospital official on the phone that Payne did not have an arrest warrant and that the patient, who had been involved in a brutal car crash earlier, was unconscious and couldn’t give consent to having his blood drawn.
“Why are you blaming the messenger, sir?” the official asks Payne through the phone. “You’re making a huge mistake because you’re threatening a nurse.”
The officer then arrested Wubbles.
The incident drew widespread condemnation when the video went viral, and The University of Utah was also singled out in two investigations of the incident because their officers didn’t try to defuse the situation.
Wubbels says she will use a portion of the settlement to help get body camera footage of interactions with police at no cost.
“We all deserve to know the truth and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage and that’s what happened in my case,” Wubbels said. “No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through.”
Wubbels said she also will make a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and will help spearhead the #EndNurseAbuse campaign by the American Nurses Association.
(Article By James Carter)