Utah asks FBI to investigate police in nurse’s rough arrest

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Prosecutors are asking the FBI to help investigate the rough arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to draw blood from a patient.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Thursday that any officer involved in the arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels should be investigated for both civil rights and criminal violations.

The July 26 dispute captured on dramatic body-camera video that ended with Wubbels being dragged from a hospital in handcuffs, screaming that she had done nothing wrong.

  • See also: VIDEO: Police cuff Utah nurse after she refuses blood test on unconscious patient

She was following hospital protocol when she refused to allow a blood draw on an unconscious patient without a warrant. Detective Jeff Payne insisted and was supported by his lieutenant when he put her in handcuffs.

Salt Lake City police apologized and put Payne on leave after the video drew widespread attention last week.

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