Bad cops are everywhere, and despite media coverage to the contrary, they don’t only pick on people of one race or another. But now one less of the bad apples will be able to wield his power on innocent American citizens, as he’s been terminated from his position with the Salt Lake City, Utah police department.
It all started with a deadly crash that left the primary suspect dead at the scene. A truck driver was hit and transported to a Salt Lake City hospital, where he remained unconscious and in critical condition. And it was Nurse Alex Wubbels who was tasked with supervising his care, a job she took very seriously.
So she was stunned when Officer Jeff Payne came in and demanded a blood sample from the critically injured patient, who by all accounts, had done nothing but be in the wrong place at the wrong time that day when he was in a head-on collision with the now-deceased driver.
Captured in a harrowing 19-minute video from Payne’s own body cam (and that of his partners), Payne is seen demanding a blood sample of the ICU patient from Wubbels, who tells him she will have to contact her supervisor and gets on the phone.
But before that can even happen, Payne grabs Wubbels around the chest, yells “We’re done!” and drags her off to be cuffed and put in his patrol car as she screams in protest.
It turns out that Payne had no cause whatsoever to arrest Wubbels, and she was quickly released from police custody. The nurse had simply followed correct protocol, because Payne had no warrant and no patient consent for the blood draw, to begin with. Wubbels was never charged with any crime.
Showing admirable mercy, the nurse decided not to press charges against the abusive officer, instead of asking that more training on what is and isn’t lawful behavior for police officers be offered at academies and in existing departments.
“I want to see people do the right thing first and I want to see this be a civil discourse,” said the measured nurse. But she was not totally unscathed by the incident, adding that “… people need to know that this is out there.”
Happily, no one else will ever suffer at former Officer Payne’s bidding, as he is now unemployed.
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