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Idaho police reveal patient defended by ‘heroic’ nurse was an officer

An Idaho police department on Friday revealed that the patient in a Utah hospital is one of its reserve officers and thanked the “heroic” nurse who informed law enforcement that it was against hospital policy to draw blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant.

The Rigby Police Department in a statement on Facebook identified the patient as William Gray, one of its reserve officers. Rigby is a city in southeast Idaho.

The department said Gray was “severely injured” in a car accident during his full-time truck-driving job.

“The Rigby Police Department would like to thank the nurse involved and hospital staff for standing firm, and protecting Officer Gray’s rights as a patient and victim. Protecting the rights of others is truly a heroic act,” the department said. 

{mosads}Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief on Friday apologized after footage emerged of a Utah law enforcement officer arresting a Utah University Hospital nurse, who said she was assaulted and unlawfully detained after informing police of the hospital’s policy.

The nurse, Alex Wubbels, said she told police that hospital policy does not allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient without a warrant. 

Following the news of the July incident, protesters in Salt Lake City assembled on Saturday to demonstrate against police conduct, The Deseret News reported.

Wubbels has not been charged and police have opened an internal investigation.

– This post was updated at 4:27 p.m.

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