Nurse forcibly arrested for doing her job gets $500K settlement


SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah nurse who was arrested for refusing to let a police officer draw blood from an unconscious patient settled Tuesday with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital for $500,000.

Nurse Alex Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter, announced the move nearly two months after they released police body-camera video showing Detective Jeff Payne handcuffing Wubbels. The footage drew widespread attention online amid the national debate about police use of force.

The settlement covers all possible defendants in a lawsuit, including individual police officers, university police and hospital security guards. The payout will be divided among the city and the University of Utah.

Wubbels plans to use part of the money to fund legal help for others trying to get similar body-camera video. She said that in cases like hers, video is essential to being heard and believed.

“We all deserve to know the truth, and the truth comes when you see the actual raw footage, and that’s what happened in my case,” she said. “No matter how truthful I was in telling my

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Utah officer fired after nurse’s arrest caught on video


A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Detective Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was “deeply troubled” by Payne’s conduct, which he described as “inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful” and said brought “significant disrepute” on the department.

“You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment (especially for an officer with 27 years of experience), which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department,” Brown wrote.

Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne, said his client plans to appeal a firing he considers unfair and over the top. Skordas said Payne would still be employed if the body camera footage hadn’t generated so much attention and blown the events out of proportion.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted

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‘Nurse’ Arrested For Manslaughter In Woman’s Death After Botched Butt Injection


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A Queens woman was charged with manslaughter for her alleged involvement in the death of a 31-year-old woman in July. The victim, Latesha Bynum, had received a “black market” butt injection and died in the hospital 12 days later after suffering dizziness and chest pains.

Bynum had gone to an appointment for the butt enhancement on July 15th. The “doctor” apparently used a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby as a “waiting room,” and the “nurse,” Allison Spence, met her there and took her to a Gramercy Park apartment for the procedure.

After the injection, Bynum went home but fell ill in the evening. Her brother said, “She went to the hospital and couldn’t breathe, and whatever was in her went to her head. She was brain dead and she had zero chance to basically come back from it.” Bynum died on July 27th.

A lawyer for Bynum’s family claimed to WCBS 2 that the alleged doctor “had a pattern of injecting unsuspecting women with ‘silicone poison into his patients’ buttocks and/or thighs.”

Spence, 44, was charged with manslaughter and “unauthorized practice of a profession” for the injection.

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Nurse dragged out of hospital, arrested for doing her job


A nurse in Utah was forcibly arrested after she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient, screaming “I’ve done nothing wrong” as an officer dragged her out of a hospital.

Video footage of the interaction between nurse Alex Wubbels and Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne on July 26 at University Hospital in Salt Lake City shows the nurse calmly explaining to the detective that blood cannot be taken without a warrant from an unconscious patient unless he or she consents or that individual has been arrested.

“This is something that you guys agreed to with this hospital,” Wubbels says while showing Payne the policy in writing. “The three things that allow us to do that are if you have electronic warrant, patient consent or patient under arrest … and neither of those things … the patient can’t consent, he told me repeatedly that he doesn’t have a warrant and the patient is not under arrest. So, I’m just trying to do what I’m supposed to do, that’s all.”

A 2-minute video of the interaction then cuts to Wubbels holding a phone, as a man’s voice warns that a “huge mistake” is being made by threatening a nurse. That sets

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