Although the Salt Lake City police officer who illegally detained a nurse is currently on leave, he should be fired and jailed immediately.
In a string of overwhelming video evidence showing abuse of power and assault, Officer Payne had no right to lay a finger on Alex Wubbels, a nurse simply doing her job in refusing to give the officer her patient's blood on July 26.
The blood belongs to the patient; it is his identity, and no probable cause ever existed to grant the officer the right to take it away from him for toxicology testing. The semi truck driver engulfed in flames is the victim, not the suspect. His name is Bill Gray.
As it turns out, Gray is also a part-time reserve officer with the Rigby Police in Idaho, a department that commended Nurse Wubbels for fighting for their officer's constitutional rights no matter how heavy the pressure was to simply comply with his commands.
When police commands violate constitutional integrity, disobey. This is why Nurse Wubbels should be hailed as a hero.
Intimidated and fearful of the bastard-of-a-cop Payne was, she stuck with her moral and professional integrity to guarantee her patient's best interests backed up by the almighty U.S. Constitution and the hospital's reverent rules.
Sure, it would have been easier to obey Payne's demands, MUCH easier to comply, but it would have been so wrong as a betrayal to the backbones of our freedom as Americans, shattering our 4th Amendment principles.
Frustrated at not getting what he wanted, Payne could be heard in the body cam video telling another officer how he'd dealt with another nurse before who had refused to give him blood in a similar situation but "it never went this far."
Enter Nurse Wubbels, a hero for not only having the confidence to do what is right but for having the strength to uphold what is right until the very end, immune to the threat of unjust consequences of her actions influencing her ethics and ultimate decisions.
Put simply, Nurse Wubbels is unbreakable.
Placed in handcuffs and dragged out of the hospital, she was manhandled to the police car for no reason other than doing the right thing, screaming in pain and disbelief at the officer's pathetic overzealousness. Butthurt over not getting what he wanted, the officer was left defeated, probably rare for the heavyset bully that he is and will always be remembered.
Through clear exertions of abuse of power and laying his hands on Nurse Wubbels, Officer Payne should be stripped of his badge and arrested for assault as soon as possible in the name of justice.
Don't get in the way of nurses' work whose duty is to protect their patients' best interests, don't touch them.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 26, 2017: Very sadly, Rigby Reserve Officer Bill Gray died of his injuries last night.
UPDATE OCTOBER 11, 2017: Officer Payne was finally fired from the Salt Lake City Police Department, denounced by Mayor Jackie Biskupski who scorned his conduct as highly unethical and unjustified. Also, Watch Commander Lt. James Tracey, who ordered and supported the arrest, was demoted.