A Follow Up To The Utah Nurse Arrest Incident


Moreover, legal action is apparently not off the table. Porter stated that a lawsuit could occur if it becomes necessary. However, only time will tell whether Wubbels and Porter decide to pursue legal action.

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Since the incident, Wubbels was able to secure the body camera footage. During her New Day interview, she went into further detail about the unpleasant encounter and her innocence:

What I can say is that I stood my ground. I stood for what was right, which was to protect the patient. As a nurse, any nurse, I think, would have done exactly what I did.

Wubbels also gave further insight into Jeff Payne, the police officer who wrongly arrested her:

My assessment skills led me to believe that Officer Payne was already agitated. He had already stormed off in disapproval that he couldn’t do this on the unit itself.

Porter gave her legal assessment of Payne’s unadmirable conduct as well:

He kept saying the patient has given implied consent essentially just by driving in Utah, but the law that the officer purported to be relying on clearly didn’t apply, because the officer admitted that there was no probable cause. Utah’s implied consent law specifically requires probably cause.

The Duty Of Police Officers

Ultimately, police officers have a duty to protect and serve the citizens of this nation. Although Payne’s misconduct does not represent all police officers, it is critical for members of law enforcement to simply be mindful. Wubbels was harmed and unjustly treated, not protected or served.