Utah nurse treated unfairly

Ashlee Dickerson, People's editor

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On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbles, a nurse at University of Utah Hospital, was arrested for not giving Salt Lake City police a blood sample from an unconscious patient who was previously involved in a car crash. This Utah nurse was treated unfairly and attacked for doing her job.

“I thought it was very wrong because you can’t give out that information without a warrant, that’s a violation of hipaa privacy rules,” claims Abbey Beck, nursing student at Rock Valley College.

Wubbles printed out hospital policy and said that the requests the police were making didn’t meet the criteria. If a she printed out the rules, then the police shouldn’t be allowed to arrest her.

“They harassed her, and by ganging up on her and hand cuffing her against her will, even though she told them the law that was supposed to be protecting her. They abused their power as cops,” said Ariel Mojica, class of 2019.

The detective who arrested Wubbles was Jeff Payne. Payne was angry and determined more than anything in this situation. He was in the wrong and should have accepted that.

“I would like to think that I would have done the same thing that she did because of her job, but I would have to say something because I’m very blunt,” stated Sierra Gregg, class of 2018.

There have been protests that demand Payne’s ouster. I believe that he should be fired.

“I think the police did it because they were already too deep in,” said Beck.

Overall, I think detective Payne should be fired or suspended, and more cops should be aware of the rules so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.