In the video, university officers can be seen standing by as Payne violently arrests the nurse. “I went down into the emergency department to get help, to have someone protect me because I felt unsafe from officer Payne from the beginning.” In Monday’s news conference, University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy apologized to Wubbels and hospital staff for his early response to the incident.
He said he didn’t watch the body camera footage until Thursday evening and realized then that he didn’t take it seriously enough.
Wubbels gave the officers a printout of the hospital policy for drawing blood and said their request did not meet the criteria.
When she defied the order to draw blood, Payne quickly walked over to her.
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.
In addition, officers will have to deal with “house supervisors” instead of nurses when they have a request.
On CNN’s “New Day,” Wubbels said she felt betrayed by both Salt Lake City police and university security.
She described how she tried to get guards to intervene, saying that Payne seemed angry from the moment he arrived.
She told “Today” hosts that weeks after the incident she didn’t feel like police were being held accountable.Minutes later, she was released without being charged. “We are glad we could come to a resolution with nurse Wubble,” Rojas, the city spokesman, said.The footage of the officer handcuffing and dragging the nurse spread online, renewing the national debate over excessive use of force by police. Hospital policy specifies that to obtain a blood sample, police need a judge’s order or the patient’s consent, or the patient needs to be under arrest.['This is crazy,' sobs hospital nurse as cop roughs her up, arrests her for doing her job] The incident, which has attracted nationwide attention in part thanks to the dramatic video, involved Detective Jeff Payne, who persisted in demanding a blood sample from an unconscious truck driver at the hospital who had earlier been involved in an accident stemming from police pursuit of a suspect.Hospital policy, as well as the law in Utah and nationwide, requires police to have a warrant or permission from the patient to draw a blood sample in such circumstances. After Wubbels politely and repeatedly read hospital policy to him and had a supervisor back her up on a speakerphone connection, Payne snapped.