Last weekend Friday, a video of an Idaho police officer violently dragging the head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital, Alex Wubbels, out of her unit and into a police car gone viral.
The identity of the unconscious patient whose rights Wubbels was defending, it turns out, is a reserve police officer from the Rigby Police Department in Idaho.
In a press release, the Rigby Police Department identifies the unconscious patient as Officer William Gray and praises the hospital staff for their “watchful, professional, and competent care.” The statement also goes on to commend Wubbels specifically for “standing firm, and protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim.”
“Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act,” the statement added.
The detective responsible for dragging Wubbels out of her unit, Jeff Payne, had been attempting to collect blood from the unconscious officer. Wubbels correctly insisted that, to do so, Payne needed a warrant, consent from the victim, or for the victim to be under arrest, none of which was the case. When Wubbels’ supervisor, who was on the phone, corroborated her rationale, Payne snapped, manhandled the nurse, placed her under arrest and accused her of obstructing justice.