“Oh, please. We’re done here,” Payne said as he took Wubbels into custody.
“I’ve done nothing wrong! I’ve done nothing wrong! Why is this happening? This is crazy!” Wubbels cried out as she was led out of the hospital.
The Fault Of Officer Jeff Payne
First and foremost, officer Jeff Payne is completely wrong in this situation. He had no business arresting Alex Wubbels simply because the hospital’s policies upset him.
According to Karra Porter, Wubbels’ attorney, the Salt Lake City police department and University of Utah Hospital were both in accordance of the hospital’s policy of drawing blood from patients. Perhaps Payne wasn’t aware or simply didn’t care. However, Payne’s actions resulted in administrative leave, along with another officer.
Salt Lake City Police Department
Following the unfortunate incident, Police Chief Mike Brown gave the following remarks on Friday:
Are we declining into a police state? Many people interpreted the events which transpired between Payne and Wubbels as an indication of such. Payne had no business handcuffing Wubbels and bringing her into custody. She was not in violation of any laws. She simply did her job.