One of the most wise people I know says this.
Because the only thing constant is change.
It would make sense that law enforcement especially should keep up on the latest in court decisions, and how they might affect their performing their job!
Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being handcuffed after refusing
to take blood from unconscious victim
Published on Aug 31, 2017Alex Wubbels, a nurse at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, was arrested after explaining to police that she couldn’t draw a blood sample from an unconscious person. A Salt Lake City police detective asked for a blood sample. After explaining to the detective that the police needed a warrant, consent from the unconscious patient or that the patient needed to be under arrest before the blood sample could be drawn, she was arrested.
Apparently numerous State court decisions have determined taking blood from an an unconscious person without permission is illegal (without a warrant?) and this has been further reaffirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
One would assume this officer (and ALL officers) should know this!
The latest I read about this is punitive measures will be taken against the officer involved.
This is of great personal interest to me. After the accident of March 18, 1995 (this court decision was not yet in effect) both me and my 12-year-old daughter were subjected to involuntary blood draws, while we were unconscious!
The guy who hit our car (who was uninjured) was NOT subjected to any blood test, as the responding officer didn’t think it necessary!
The policeman was read what the law said, but apparently didn’t care or want to listen. He said “we’re done, you’re under arrest” and started strong arming her. The rules are there to protect patients, and the medical community I’ve worked with is VERY careful to follow them to the letter. It really stinks that she got treated this way for doing her job well.
I do have to say that getting in trouble for doing your job well is not an isolated thing in medicine, although this was way over the top.
Grrr… He needs to be fired, and she’s gonna OWN the PD…
The REALLY silly thing about it was that SLCPD didn’t even have a dog in this fight. Another agency, the one that was chasing the vehicle that crashed into the now unconscious truck driver, asked them to get a blood sample.
Chain of custody problems pop their head up at that point and the simple answer is “Nope, get it yourself” or “subpoena the hospital lab results after the fact if you really need them.”
This SLCPD dickhead is hopefully going to lose both his jobs (cop and ambo driver) for something that wasn’t even needed. DOT will test him because he was a commercial driver. What a maroon!
a MAROON indeed!