Nurse Who Was Forcibly Arrested For Protecting Patient Gets $500K Settlement


Salt Lake City police Detective Jeff Payne, who arrested the nurse, was sacked from the force last month and Lieutenant James Tracey, who was watch commander at the time of the incident, was demoted to officer.

Wubbels said at a Tuesday news conference that she will donate part of the settlement to a local nurses union and apportion some of it to fund legal help for others trying to obtain body camera footage from police.

The city and the university will split the cost of the settlement evenly, said city spokesman Matthew Rojas.

Body cam footage of the incident showed detective Payne manhandling the screaming nurse after she refused.

Wubbels has stated in the past that her main concern was protecting hospital staff.

"We're done!" Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne repeatedly says.

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In the police body cam footage of the July 26 incident, Detective Jeff Payne handcuffed Wubbels and placed her in a police vehicle when she refused to allow officers to obtain a blood sample from a crash victim at the hospital without a warrant. The unconscious patient was not a suspect in the wreck that killed another driver. In a call for changes, Wubbel and her lawyer released the video they had obtained through a public records request. 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 has since been fired. A man fleeing police crashed into the semi that Gray was driving on July 26, leaving him severely burned. Payne acknowledged that neither of those situations was the case, but persisted with threats to penalize Wubbels if she did not cooperate.

Detective Payne was sacked after an internal investigation for violating department policies. She said she never wanted this kind of incident to happen again.

He died of his injuries.

At a news gathering Tuesday, Wubbles said she's happy to put the episode behind her.

Before Payne is filmed attempting to grab the phone from nurse Wubbles and saying: "No, we're done, we're done - you're under arrest". "This is something I never would have expected to happen, but I'm also honored by the weight of it".