After video of a power-tripping cop dragging a nurse away from the hospital in handcuffs went viral, the FBI has opened an investigation into the matter. The nurse was arrested by the out of control officer when she refused to let him take blood without a warrant from an unconscious patient who couldn’t give consent.
The probe will examine whether Salt Lake City Police Detective Jeff Payne violated any federal laws in his arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels at the University of Utah Hospital.
Wubbels was not only following hospital policy when she wouldn’t allow Payne to take blood from a patient with his consent or a warrant, she was also following Utah state law and the ruling of the Supreme Court.
As a result of this disturbing incident, the hospital has banned all law enforcement personnel from interacting directly with the nursing staff. The Salt Lake City Police Department is currently conducting their own investigation into Payne’s abhorrent actions and he has also been fired from his job as a part-time paramedic.
In the video, Wubbels can be seen repeatedly trying to explain to Payne that he had to have a warrant to take blood from a patient without consent, but he refused to listen to reason. He became angrier and angrier, insisting he had to the right to do whatever he wanted to anybody because he wears a badge.
Finally, Payne snaps and snatches Wubbels up, pulling her arms behind her and putting her in handcuffs as she screams for help. He drags her away from the hospital and shoves her into the back of his police car.
After the video had gone viral, it was revealed that the patient Wubbels was protecting after he was in a severe car accident was actually a police officer from Rigby, Idaho, himself.
You can watch the disturbing video of the arrest here:
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