If anyone doubts that we are becoming a police state one simply needs to see how this nurse was arrested, read assaulted, for not breaking the law to draw a victim's blood.
This nurse's arrest proves that along with other incidents after incidents, we are not far from being a police state. The Deseret News reported the following.
Wubbels was working her shift as a charge nurse, or a liaison between patients and doctors and hospital managers, at University Hospital's Burn Unit when she was handcuffed in the middle of her work area, pulled outside and put into a police patrol car for about 20 minutes.
She was arrested after refusing to give Payne vials of blood that he needed for an investigation because she said he did not have a warrant or meet any of the mandatory criteria needed for taking blood.
One can only characterize this nurse's arrest as an assault perpetrated by a police officer.
Nurse arrested (assaulted) for following the law
Here is the short story. The police were chasing a vehicle in Cache County Utah when the car collided head on with a truck. The driver of the vehicle died. The corresponding fire left the truck driver with severe burns. The doctors placed the truck driver in a sedated/comatose state.
Salt Lake police sent Detective Jeff Payne to get vials of blood for the investigation. Nurse Alex Wubbel refused to draw blood from the unconscious patient, the truck driver in the head on collision from the police chase.
Nurse Wubbel told the detective that one of three criteria was needed to justify drawing blood legally.
- Police must have an electronic warrant.
- There must be patient consent.
- The patient is under arrest.
"I am just doing what I am supposed to do," Nurse Wubbel said in the video.
"So I take it without those in place," the detective said." I am not going to get blood. Am I fair to surmise that?"
Wubbel's supervisor on speaker phone tells the detective it is a mistake to arrest her. Soon after, the frustrated detective assaulted the nurse.
"We are done here.," the detective said as he started the illegal arrest, the assault. "You are under arrest."
He then roughed up the nurse amidst her cries for help. Her coworkers could just watch in disbelief.
The police's job is to enforce the law. The detective requested that the nurse break the law then attempted to bully her to his will. This attack on people is not a new thing. Americans are just able to see it on camera in near real time.
Deseret News reported that,
Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said Thursday that Chief Mike Brown has seen the video and called it "very alarming." Payne is still on active duty with the department, but Shearer said he has been suspended from the blood draw program and an active internal investigation is underway.
This officer should be fired. He is a bully using his badge as his weapon. It is curious that the Salt Lake police was so eager to get a blood sample from the victim of their chase. Why? Could it be that they hope he was under the influence of something to share the blame?
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