City officials say arrest of nurse was not justified

Two SLCPD employees placed on leave

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A viral video of a University of Utah nurse getting arrested has community members outraged.

Friday, Salt Lake City officials promised it won't happen again.

"What I saw was completely unacceptable to the values of my Administration, and the the values of the Salt Lake City Police Department and this community," said Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

Biskupski is referring to the video of Officer Jeff Payne arresting Alex Wubbles.

He wanted a blood sample from an unconscious patient. She refused, citing company policy.

"We've looked at the actions that took place, the policies that could have prevented it and the training that must be done. Within 24 hours of this incident, the Salt Lake City Police Department took steps to make sure this will never happen again," said Chief Mike Brown.

Salt Lake County District Attorney called for a criminal investigation into the incident. As a result of the investigation, two Salt Lake City Police Department employees were placed on administrative leave. 

Brown says it's too early to tell if he'll be terminated.


"We want people to trust in the policy, or in the process, procedure and know that we will hold our officers accountable."

Members of the community have expressed outrage on social media, and phone calls to city officials.

The mayor says she feels the same, but says this shouldn't define the entire department.

"Clearly, we believe the actions of this individual were not justified. We have a very good, one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country," said Biskupski.

Wubbles released a statement saying she accepts the apology from the mayor and police chief. She says she believes the incident will lead to positive change.


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