Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Utah nurse, violently arrested for doing her job, reaches $500,000 settlement"


"The Utah nurse who drew national attention after she was manhandled and arrested for refusing to let a police detective take blood from an unconscious patient said Tuesday she had reached a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and the university that runs her hospital.

"Nurse Alex Wubbels and her attorney, Karra Porter, announced the settlement in a late-afternoon news conference outside the Salt Lake City Police Department, two months after they released body camera footage showing detective Jeff Payne handcuffing her and shoving her into a squad car as she screamed in protest.

"The exact terms of the agreement were confidential, but Porter told The Washington Post that it covered 'all potential defendants' involved in the incident. That included the University of Utah, Salt Lake City police and several individual security officers from the university who were present for Wubbels’s arrest but declined to intervene, Porter said.

"Wubbels and Porter were considering filing a civil rights lawsuit, but the settlement now precludes that. The nurse had previously stressed that her main concern was protecting hospital staff and preventing the same conflict from happening again."

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She should have gone for the lawsuit.  She'd be swimming in millions.

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