2nd Utah police officer put on admin duty

Another cop was placed on administrative leave with pay in the handcuffing of a Utah hospital nurse who refused to take blood from an unconscious patient.

Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief apologized Friday to Utah Hospital nurse, Alex Wubbels, who is seen in body cam video screaming “help me” after Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed and dragged her out of the hospital over her refusal to take the blood sample from the patient, a car-crash victim, on July 26.

And this:

The University of Utah Hospital, where a nurse was manhandled and arrested by police as she protected the legal rights of a patient, has imposed new restrictions on law enforcement, including barring officers from patient-care areas and from direct contact with nurses.

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27 Responses to 2nd Utah police officer put on admin duty

  1. Unclezip says:

    That was some over-the-top police state shit. It’s good the other moron, who immediately jumped to help his partner without thinking it through, will also get a spanking. And they still get paid for it.

    • H says:

      The other cops as well as the university polices who stood by and let the assault happen – and that’s what it was, an assault – should also be spanked. If her husband or boyfriend had done that to her, he’d be under the jail by now, and I fail to see any difference. The same standard should apply. The nurse should file a restraining order against the cop, and then file a massive lawsuit against everyone involved and every entity who employed them.

      The only thing these bastards understand is jail time and money. They need to be made to understand.

      • Bibliotheca Servare says:

        The “difference” is a shiny metal badge, and a uniform. That’s it. “Nice work, if you can get it.”

  2. This all happened in July. I’ve yet to see a MSM story that mentions that date. If the video didn’t exist or had been confiscated by the police then this story would have never seen the light of day.

  3. thomas says:

    I argue with my brother all the time. it is not equal under the law until they are arrested , handcuffed , booked and bailed out. F this admin leave pending investigation shit. Yes I agree they get their day in court. But you or I would already have lawyer bills and bail bondsmen before day in court- not a paycheck.

  4. Cavguy says:

    You try that shit on the cops and see where it gets you. These fucktards need to be held accountable for their actions, carry insurance, no special treatment but the same laws and standards of conduct for all. Goes for swamp dwellers too.

  5. idaho bob says:

    “Administrative leave”, such bullshit! Fucking cops still get paid after falsely arresting this nurse and assaulting her. If it had been you or I, we would be in jail, awaiting a bail hearing.

    Those sorry “police departments” are going to try to find away out of this mess, without doing a damned thing to the offending “officers”.

    God, I hate cops!


  6. Steve S. says:

    Interesting to note that the University top cop didn’t think it was any big deal UNTIL it became a PR disaster for him and his complicit thugs. If I was the medical folks, I certainly wouldn’t trust any of their own cops, and if I was in a position to fire the top cop, he would’ve already been canned.
    Never trust the police – never.

  7. Glider Rider says:

    That was 2 bully cops pulling some Gestapo shit. Sig Heil coming to a state near you.

    • crazyeighter says:

      They didn’t expect to meet any resistance while they were going about their “official” duties, and when they were, they reverted to their Lucy Van Pelt (“If you cant be right, be wrong at the top of your lungs” School of Diplomacy training.

      I wonder if the fact the burn victim was hit by someone the police were chasing, the attempted blood draw was a desperate attempt to come up with some drug use on his part to get the city off the hook. I also wonder if the SLC PD was aware the burn victim was a cop back in his home city when they decided to do this.

  8. bogsidebunny says:

    Geez, I just saw the video. Those Gestapo assholes should be fired and maybe be tried for assault. I was on the job in the 1960’s and things were way different back in the day. It was more like the Mayberry PD then and things worked out just fine without the violent reaction.

  9. Mike_C says:

    >The detective left Wubbels in a hot police car for 20 minutes before realizing that blood had already been drawn as part of treatment, [Nurse Wubbels’] lawyer, Karra Porter, said.

    (Italics for emphasis mine.) So on top of everything else Jeff Payne is both ignorant AND stupid. Did he pick up nothing from his job as an ambulance driver? Of course blood was drawn on a guy coming into ICU/Burn unit. A request to either the nurse caring for the patient, or the responsible MD along the lines of “Hey, this guy was in an MVA – could you add a BAC and tox screen to his labs?” would probably have gotten him what he supposedly wanted, without drama. But it seems that Payne might have had another agenda.

    > [Wubbels] described how she tried to get [hospital security] guards to intervene, saying that Payne seemed angry from the moment he arrived. In the video, university officers can be seen standing by as Payne violently arrests the nurse.

    Yeah, not surprised by that. Thirty years ago my alma mater hired retirees and grad students as “security” because there was little crime, and all they did was walk halls looking for unlocked doors and the like. About 20 years ago they got rid of those harmless but pleasant unarmed guards and hired the equivalent of TSA agents. Wannabes who wanted to throw their authoriteh around, but couldn’t get a job with any real law enforcement group because of being badly out of shape (I don’t care how high and tight your haircut is, or how much fucking 5.11 you wear; a beer belly you can’t hold with both arms is a no go, son) or obvious psychiatric instability. Those losers would harass 95-lb Japanese grad students quietly eating their lunch on the lawn, but scatter like roaches when drug-dealing gangbangers from the Big City strutted around with their pants hanging off their asses. I dunno anything about the Utah guards, but wouldn’t be surprised that none of them was going to intervene. (To be honest, in this situation I’m not sure I blame them. Escalating with an angry idiot wearing a cop badge is not the way to go. So far this is playing out more or less as one would hope, with Payne, his enabler and his LT suspended. If they are fired [not holding my breath] and Wubbels receives a settlement then things will have worked.)

  10. Winston Smith says:

    I hope she sues their asses on civil rights violations. Individually, in FedCourt.
    But it don’t look like shes that type.

  11. Mike says:

    I wonder what they’ll do with the other officers that just stood there and let it happen. Most folks would get hit with “aiding and abetting” but these guys get to play by a different set of rules.

  12. Scurvy says:

    Every Officer that was present at this event should be placed on administrative leave for not keep this criminal activity from happening!
    Every officer that laid hands on her needs to be stripped of all arrest authority for life.

    Oath breakers one and all.

  13. bayouwulf says:

    One day, these officers will be rolled into an emergency room, full of bullet holes and needing life saving care. GOOD LUCK!

  14. Andrew says:

    I know lots of really good policemen and deputies. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of assholes, and it is the assholes that tend to get promoted to supervisory positions and set the tone for the department, which the good guys have to fight against.

    Don’t diss on all the cops out there, but, yeah, there’s a lot of assholes out there, too.

    • Dan says:

      None of those ‘really good policemen and deputies ‘ has EVER done ANYTHING to stop or interfere with the criminal misconduct that EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has witnessed repeatedly during their career. That’s because there are NO GOOD COPS….only bad ones that commit crimes and the bad ones that turn a blind eye to their criminal associates.

  15. bettysteve says:

    do not forget the Mutts response “if l get any negative feedback over this, l am an ambulance driver in my spare time, and l will just bring the shithead cases here and take the good ones elsewhere”

  16. Mike says:

    Andrew Im sure you are a real nice guy. However you are being foolish.
    peace officers are dead and gone if they ever existed to begin with.
    No cop is to be trusted, they are the pointy end of state power. They are not your friend.
    and if this mythical creature “goodCop” exists where the fuck are they when their brothers break the fucking law.
    just in this case.
    4th,5th amendment, 18USC241 conspiracy against rights. Those are full on felonies
    and in The state of NH you as a citizen can intervene with all necessary force to stop said officer including lethal force.
    I know not popular but it is time we rid ourselves of our illusions and these vermin.
    Shun them and their families refuse to do business with them and when they act out, like in this case put them down like the rabid dog they are.
    this is not acceptable behavior in a civilized society

  17. Drew in Michigan says:

    OK I’m still thing of the catheter and starting an Evinrude, if I was a Utah city cop I would be doing my level best to NOT GET HURT and need to go the the hospital, there would be zero sympathy in the ER for any hurt cop. My wife and the mother of the child we baby sit work at a hospital, and this is BIG NEWS for the last couple of days, cops and BP coming in real nice, nicer than usual…lol

  18. Steady Steve says:

    The only way this will stop is if ,when sued, the payment for judgement comes out of the police department budget instead of the city liability insurance. Guaranteed the PD will toe the line when their jobs, raises, and equipment budgets are on the line.

  19. Dan says:

    This would be funny if it wasn’t pathetic. This University is going to ‘ ban law enforcement’ from certain areas and from interacting with employees. Ludicrous. Just how do the idiots who penned this edict plan on enforcing this order…..considering it’s the badgemonkeys targeted by this order who hold the monopoly on state sanctioned violence. The cops will do WHATEVER THE HELL THEY WANT and laugh at this useless edict and the morons that produced it.

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