The recent video showing a police detective in Utah arresting a nurse at University Hospital went viral with many people screaming about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other violations to civil rights, let alone the nurse arrested for doing her job, which was in conjunction with both the hospital and Utah law enforcement regulations, has just taken a brand new twist that no one saw coming. Police officials have revealed that the patient in question, the one that the nurse refused to release his blood because he was not able to give consent, there was no warrant, and he was not under arrest, was in fact, a police officer himself.
The video showed nurse Alex Wubbels telling the officer that she could not, by law, give him this man’s blood, showed him the hospital requirements to produce blood for police, and even got her supervisor on the line to back her up. But that upset officer Jeff Payne, and he tried to slap the nurse’s phone out of her hand, and violently dragged her from the hospital to place her under arrest. Many people are calling for the arrest of this officer for his actions and demanding that the nurse do something unconstitutional. The patient had been in a car wreck, was burned badly, and unconscious.
The video shows Wubbels being arrested, but she was later released without charge. But now, things have gotten a little strange in the case.
Officers have announced that the patient is William Gray, an officer with Rigby Police Department. On Facebook, the Rigby Police Department thanked nurse Wubbels. The said that they wanted to thank the nurse for standing firm, as well as the rest of the hospital staff. The stated that protecting peoples rights is a heroic act, according to Newsweek.
The department explained how their officer was involved in the situation at the University Hospital. They stated that Gray, a reserve officer for Rigby, works as a truck driver full-time, and he was the victim of an accident on July 26, in northern Utah.
The Utah State Highway Patrol was chasing a suspect who crossed into the oncoming traffic lane and collided with Gray’s Truck head on. The wreck took the life of the suspect, and injured Gray severely. They stressed that after being flown to the burn unit at the University of Utah Hospital, Officer Gray is under the professional, competent, and watchful care of the hospital’s staff.
Wubbels has spoken out, saying that Payne bullied her and no one tried to stop him. The Salt Lake City Police Department have offered Wubbels an apology, and Payne has been removed from his duties with the departments blood draw program and is currently on paid leave while the incident in Utah is being investigated.
By Cletus Dillwood
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