SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A nurse in the Burn Unit of the University of Utah Hospital wants to make changes to how medical staff is treated after she was arrested at work.
At a press conference Thursday, Alexandra Wubbels’ attorney showed never before-released body camera and hospital surveillance video.
They say the video, from July, shows a Salt Lake City police officer assaulting and arresting Wubbels, the on-duty nurse. She says she was arrested for following the hospital’s policy on blood draws from an unconscious patient.
“The patient arrived to our hospital intubated and sedated so he was not able to consent,” said Wubbels.
The officer wanted to have the patient’s blood drawn, but Wobbels says the officer instead would have to either suspect the patient of a crime and arrest them or get a signed order from a judge. That’s when they say the officer became physical.
They’re releasing the video now to make sure a similar incident doesn’t happen again. Friday, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ordered a criminal investigation into the incident. As a result of this criminal investigation, the Salt Lake City Police Department has placed two employees on administrative leave.