Being a police officer in America these days is more difficult than ever.
The rise of radical groups like Black Lives Matter and the media’s relentless and mostly unfair scrutiny, has turned many against the authorities.
They’ve been tarred and feathered with accusations of racism and violence, and this has caused attacks against them to increase, as we’ve seen with the Dallas tragedy and various cop assassinations.
While the Left’s crusade against the police is disgusting, it doesn’t mean that cops don’t make mistakes.
Unfortunately, there exists in every profession bad apples that give the rest a bad name.
In Salt Lake City, for example, one of these bad apples is under investigation for abusing his power and forcibly detaining an innocent woman.
As reported at the Federalist Papers Project, officer Jeff Payne is being investigated for pressuring a nurse to break hospital protocol and draw blood from an unconscious patient even though the officer didn’t have a warrant.
The nurse, Alex Wubbels, repeatedly told Payne that what he was asking was not only against the hospital’s policy, but illegal, since he didn’t have a court order.
Wubbels stood her ground and defied the unreasonable request of the officer, which eventually prompted Payne to unjustifiably arrest her.
The incident has sparked a lot of controversy, as there’s a perfect video of the entire ordeal online.
In the video, Wubbels calmly explained why she couldn’t comply with the unreasonable demand saying:
“Three things that allow us to [give blood samples] are if you have an electronic warrant, patient consent or patient under arrest, and neither of those things … the patient can’t consent.
He told me repeatedly that he doesn’t have a warrant and the patient is not under arrest.”
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown apologized for Payne’s actions and promised investigations from Internal Affairs and the Civilian Review Board.
“I was alarmed by what I saw in the video with our officer” and Wubbels, Brown said in a joint statement.
“I am sad at the rift this has caused between law-enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with. I want to be clear, we take this very seriously.”
It appears that Payne is getting what he deserves, as he’s been placed on administrative leave and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has ordered a criminal investigation into his actions.
Holding police accountable when they break the law and abuse their power is very important.
If anything, the police should be held to the highest standards, as a means to maintain the public’s trust.
Those tasked with enforcing the law should never get special treatment, and great care should be taken so the public isn’t given a reason to think that they do.
In short, justice should always be blind and dispensed equally without prejudice. That’s how things need to be done.
Source: Federalist Papers Project