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Utah nurse who was arrested doing job will receive $500,000

The Utah nurse Alex Wubbels who 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, two months after detective Jeff Payne handcuffed her.

The exact terms of the agreement were confidential. 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 are involved in this settlement.

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Moment of the arrest, on video

The nurse had previously said that her main concern was protecting hospital staff and preventing the same conflict from happening again. Wubbels said she will donate some of the proceeds to a fund that will help people obtain body camera footage and provide free legal aid for open records requests. Some money will be also used to raise awareness about workplace violence against nurses. “Salt Lake City has been focused first and foremost on ensuring policies and procedures are changed so things like this don’t happen again, and we are glad we could come to a resolution with nurse Wubbels,” “Salt Lake City has been focused first and foremost on ensuring policies and procedures are changed so things like this don’t happen again, and we are glad we could come to a resolution with nurse Wubbels,” a spokesman for Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski told to media.

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