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Alex Wubbels, Nurse Arrested in Utah, Says Police Need to Regain Trust

Alex Wubbels, Nurse Arrested in Utah, Says Police Need to Regain Trust

Nurse Alex Wubbels speaks during an interview, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 04:02 PM

Utah nurse Alex Wubbels, who was forcibly arrested by police after defending a patient's legal right, says police need to regain trust after the incident, which drew widespread attention.

The 41-year-old appeared on Monday's episode of "Today," where she said, "I'm not here to police the police. The police need to do that if they're going to regain any kind of trust by me or, I think, the public."

Wubbels stressed that the event "should never have happened."

The University of Utah Hospital, where Wubbels worked as a burn unit charge nurse, has extended its full support to Wubbels while condemning the actions of the Salt Lake City police officer who arrested her.

The incident took place on July 26, when Wubbels refused to allow Det. Jeff Payne to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had been injured in a collision that left another driver dead, The Washington Post reported.

An altercation ensued and the police officer handcuffed and arrested Wubbels, dragging her out of the hospital and forcing her into a squad car.

The incident was recorded via a body cam, and Wubbels obtained the footage and released it last week.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the hospital's interim chief executive, Gordon Crabtree, said he was "deeply troubled" by the incident.

"His [Payne] actions were out of line, there is absolutely no tolerance for that kind of behavior in our hospital," he said, adding that Wubbels had been placed in an unfair and unwarranted position.

Crabtree also told staff of the hospital that "this will not happen again."

Wubbels and her attorney, Karra Porter, also appeared on CNN's "New Day" on Monday to discuss the matter.

The nurse said "as officers and health care workers, we have to work together on behalf of our citizens, our friends, the people we live with."

Porter did not rule out the possibility of a lawsuit but said "we're going to give everyone involved an opportunity to do the right thing without having to be dragged into court to do it."

Wubbels was released without being charged, CNN noted. Payne and another officer were placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

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