An Idaho police department is hailing nurse Alex Wubbels as a hero for standing up to Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne, who tried to take blood from a patient without a warrant or consent.
That patient, it turns out, is William Gray, a reserve officer in Rigby, a city about 15 miles north of Idaho Falls.
“The Rigby Police Department would like to thank the nurse involved and hospital staff for standing firm, and protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim,” the agency said on Facebook. “Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act.”
This story emulates exactly why people no longer trust law enforcement “enforcers” being a cringing word in and of itself since they are public servants. This officer in our opinion, clearly overstepped his bounds with this nurse and the rights of an unconscious patient.
Bound and determined to get a blood draw from the patient which he must have a warrant or patient consent for, the officer arrested the nurse for doing her job and following hospital policy re-enforced by communicating with her hospitals administrative staff.
She has recently accepted an apology from city officials for the incident and says she looks forward to working with the cities public servants. This officer meanwhile is under investigation for his behavior in the incident which was unacceptable any way you look at it. A person with a disposition such as this most likely should not be allowed to continue in the capacity of law enforcement.