This happened July 26, but the video just went public.
With no arrest, no warrant and an unconscious patient, a doc or a nurse can't just draw blood and hand it over to a police officer because he wants it. If the nurse in the video below acceded to the cop's illegal order to draw blood, the nurse and the hospital could face huge fines, professional discipline and a fat, winnable civil suit by the patient.
The cop in the video was told by a hospital official that an administrator (maybe a lawyer?) was on the way to the ER to talk with him, and the nurse was just the messenger. She was abiding by hospital policy and the law.
The cop wouldn't wait, and roughly arrested the nurse. The nurse was subsequently released from custody without charges. Salt Lake Police said that they were "alarmed" by what happened and are working to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Think about the fact that this happened in a professional setting with cameras running and professionals as witnesses. Can you imagine what happens when this cop thinks he's unobserved and he's dealing with members of the community who don't have similarly high social standing?
SHAME on the Salt Lake City Police Department for arresting and assaulting this nurse. She was following policy to protect her patient. pic.twitter.com/2649WjTbwv— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 1, 2017
The officer involved, Salt Lake Police detective Jeff Payne, managed to make things worse. His body cam footage has been obtained. In it, he's heard discussing the arrest with hospital security officers.
He wonders aloud how this will affect his job with Gold Cross Ambulance service, which is, evidently, a second job. He indicates that he brings emergency patients to the hospital. Then he says out loud: "I'll bring them all the transients, & take good patients elsewhere."
Detective Payne is clearly suggesting that he would use ED patients as pawns to retaliate against the hospital, rather than basing transport decisions on normal considerations that are intended to serve the interests of the patients. The threat of retaliation begins at 1:20 in the video.
This cop is a piece of work.
Note: The officers seen in the video, are hospital security, as seen from the point of view of Payne's body cam.