Alex Wubbels, the Utah nurse who had been violently seized in July for doing her job, has reached a $500,000 arrangement with Salt Lake City and the university which runs at the hospital where she functions. Wubbels said in a Tuesday news conference that she would donate part of the settlement to nurses and apportion some of it to finance legal assistance for obtaining police body cam footage.
"We all deserve to know the truth and the truth will reveal itself when you see the true raw footage and that's what occurred in my situation," Wubbels told reporters, per The Salt Lake Tribune. "Regardless of how honest I was in telling my story, it was nothing in comparison to what folks saw and the visceral reaction people experienced when watching the footage of their experience that I went through."
Wubbels was arrested at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City on July 26. Body cam footage showed Detective Jeff Payne manhandling the nurse after she refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious individual who had been involved in a car crash.
"I am just attempting to do what I'm supposed to do, that's all," Wubbels, the main nurse of the burn unit, told the officer in the footage as she revealed to him that a warrant or the individual's consent would be needed before blood could be drawn.
Declining to take no for an answer, Payne kept commanding that she comply with his order, eventually taking the nurse down and handcuffing her as she cried and yelled for help.
Payne was fired by the Salt Lake City Police Department a month. James Tracy, his supervisor, was demoted for its role that he played in the nurse's arrest.
No charges were ever filed against Wubbels.
On Tuesday, Karra Porter, the nurse's lawyer, stated Wubbels wouldn't be submitting a lawsuit following the settlement with the town and the University of Utah.
Other than using part of this settlement to assist others access police body camera clips, Wubbels said she planned to contribute a few of their $500,000 to the Utah Nurses Association and also to encourage the national #EndNurseAbuse campaign.
Porter added that the law firm, Jensen & Christensen, is dedicated to providing legal services.
Though Wubbels' situation was settled, Porter explained, "we are hoping that the discussion about body cameras proceeds."
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