University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels agreed to a $500,000 payment to settle a dispute over her arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer after she barred him from drawing blood from an unconscious patient, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Attorney Karra Porter the agreement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah takes the possibility of legal action off the table. The arrest drew widespread condemnation after Porter released police body camera and hospital security footage of the encounter on Aug. 31.
Wubbels will use a portion of the money to help people get body camera footage, at no cost, of incidents involving themselves. “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,” Wubbels said. “No matter how truthful I was in telling my story, it was nothing compared to what people saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of the experience that I went through.” Wubbels will make a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and will help spearhead the #EndNurseAbuse campaign by the American Nurses Association. The July 26 encounter leading to Wubbels’ arrest began when she refused to allow Salt Lake City Detective Jeff Payne to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had been involved in a fiery crash. Wubbels pointed out that the crash victim was not under arrest, that Payne did not have a warrant to obtain the blood and that he could not obtain consent because the man was unconscious.