The Utah nurse who was violently arrested for refusing to let a police officer take blood from an unconscious patient has reached a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and the university that runs her hospital, her attorney said on Tuesday.
The arrest of Alex Wubbels received national attention after a video of it surfaced online in August. That video showed detective Jeff Payne manhandling and handcuffing Wubbels in July as she screamed in protest. Payne has since been fired.
Wubbels’ attorney Karra Porter stated at the Tuesday news conference that the agreement covers all parties. It also means there will not be further legal action.
“There will be no lawsuit,” she said while standing outside the Salt Lake City Police Department, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Wubbels has stated in the past that her main concern was protecting hospital staff. She said she never wanted this kind of incident to happen again.
"Was a lawsuit off the table? It was never off the table, ever, from the very beginning," Wubbels told reporters Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "But I also feel like as a whole we need to heal from this, we need to move on, we need to progress, and I feel that we've come to a place where we can have that conversation where we can do that."
The nurse said she will donate some proceeds to a fund dedicated to helping people obtain body camera footage. She said she would additionally use some of the money to raise awareness about workplace violence against nurses, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In July, Payne arrested nurse Alex Wubbels after she explained that she could not take blood from an unconscious patient unless there was a warrant or the patient had given previous consent. Payne acknowledged that neither of those situations was the case, but persisted with threats to penalize Wubbels if she did not cooperate.
The incident was caught on video. In it, Wubbels dials her boss, whom she puts on speakerphone. Her boss tries to explain to Payne that Wubbels cannot take blood from the patient. Payne reacts by aggressively arresting the nurse. The video of the arrest went viral, sparking outrage.
The patient in question had been injured in car accident, after police were engaged in a high-speed chase, according to The New Yorker. The chase left another driver dead. Police were looking to see if the injured driver had any chemical substances in his system at the time.
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