Douglas Barclay, Rare.us and Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
UPDATE 9/7 4:00 PM:KSTU reported that Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has requested FBI assistance in the investigation into the arrest of University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels.
“There continue to be issues that go beyond merely a criminal investigation, and, in an effort to address those concerns, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has formally asked for assistance from our Federal law enforcement partners to fully vet issues only they can investigate,” District Attorney Sim Gill said in a Thursday news release. “The decision for this was arrived over the Labor Day weekend and a formal letter requesting this assistance was sent out Sept. 6, 2017.
“The District Attorney’s office has received multiple inquires and communications concerning the incident. We ask the community and our citizens to be patient. We assure them that this issue is of the utmost concern for us and we are committed to assuring a thorough, fair gathering and review of evidence, facts and issues.”
A Utah nurse spoke out one week after a video went viral that showed her getting handcuffed while she tried to stop a police officer from taking blood from an unconscious patient. On Monday Alex Wubbels explained her version of the events, which occurred July 26.
“Any nurse, I think, would have done exactly what I did,” Wubbels told CNN.
“I was scared to death. I was obviously very frightened,” Wubbels said when asked what she was thinking during the arrest.
Wubbels said she felt unsafe with Payne, saying she assessed the situation and determined that he was “aggressive from the beginning.”
As for why she released the video more than a month after the incident, Wubbels told “Today” on Monday it was a matter of processing an experience she said was traumatic.
“I needed that time to, sort of, give my emotions a chance to rest, if you will, so I can come out and be pragmatic and be effective in my communication,” she said. “I also feel pretty strongly that the conversations I’ve had with the Salt Lake City Police Department initially actually were progressive.”