Arrested nurse accepts $500,000 settlement

Salt Lake City, SLCPD and University of Utah pay Nurse Wubbels to avoid lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah News) - The University of Utah nurse at the center of a viral video has taken a half a million dollar settlement to resolve her case.

It started with an aggressive arrest by Detective Jeff Payne on July 26th and it ends with the arresting officer fired, his supervisor demoted and a $500,000 dollar payment from Salt Lake City, the SLCPD and the University of Utah to Nurse Alex Wubbels.

"I'm obviously very grateful would be the best word for it," Wubbels said during a news conference outside SLCPD headquarters Tuesday afternoon. " Again this landed in my lap. This is not something I sought out. I didn't seek out the last four months."

Her attorney, Karra Porter would not discuss the negotiations that resulted in the half a million dollar figure.

"People can think whatever they like," Porter said. "There may be some who will say it's too little. There may be some who will say it's too much and the Goldilocks who say it's just right. There's a lot of factors that go into this including the emotional turmoil if Alex had to endure litigation for the next few years. You have to factor that in."
Nurse Wubbels says she will use part of her settlement for a program that will increase access to police body camera video.

"If a police force doesn't have body cameras that should be shocking," Wubbels told reporters. "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. No matter how truthful I was in telling my story. It was nothing compared to what people saw and the visceral reaction people experiences in watching the footage of the experience that I went through."

Sgt. Brandon Shearer of the SLCPD said the Department may comment on the settlement on Wednesday.

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