Justice for Alex Wubbels
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Alex Wubbels, a nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, was arrested on July 26, 2017 for abiding by her hospital policy and Utah / United States law. Officer Jeff Payne can be seen through body cam footage and through videos of witnesses arresting the nurse after she professionally stated and provided written documentation that she does not have the proper paperwork or consent needed to draw blood from an unconscious patient.
In 2016 the Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant before requiring a suspected drunk driver to submit to a blood alcohol test. This police officer did not have a warrant.
The nurse has her boss on the phone and prints out documentation stating the 3 ways in which they are allowed to take blood from unconscious patients:
1) Electronic warrant
2) Patient consent
3) Patient under arrest
Alex clearly asked Payne if the patient was under arrest, he said no. The patient is unconscious so they can't provide consent, and no electronic warrant was delivered. This clearly means, with all opinions, thoughts, or beliefs aside, that office Payne does not have the right to have blood drawn from this patient.
We as a country need to raise awareness of power-hungry, uneducated law-enforcement. This officer clearly did not know the law of the country or the agreement between the hospital and state. This is something that shouldn't happen. The officer took matters into his own hands, putting the written law the country is supposed to abide by aside, and is still on duty with the police department***.
I'm calling for formal written disciplinary action against Officer Payne. If the officer gets off free and the internal investigation is simply dismissed then it will show signs to citizens that law enforcement is above the law and there will be no justice for what nurse Alex Wubbels went through.
This petition will be sent to:
The Salt Lake City PD Police Chief: Mike Brown
The Salt Lake City District Attorney: Sim Gill
Utah Governor: Gary Herbert
Both Utah Senators: Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch
***Officer Payne was put on full administrative leave September 1st 2017
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