Nurse arrest leads to new policy for officers in hospitals

Thursday , October 12, 2017 - 5:18 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police leaders and nurses have crafted a policy to guide interactions at hospitals following the high-profile arrest of a nurse that led to the officer’s firing.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown and Utah Nurses Association President Aimee McLean announced a policy Thursday that among other things calls for officers to first speak with the nursing supervisor to see a patient not already in police custody.

They say it will give officers and nurses guidance and peace of mind.

The policy that will be used throughout Salt Lake County and comes after the University of Utah Hospital created a new policy earlier this summer.

Body-camera video of Detective Jeff Payne roughly handcuffing nurse Alex Wubbels because she refused to allow a blood draw made the July 26 incident a flashpoint in a national debate on police use of force.

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