Two body cams show Utah nurse arrest for not giving patient’s blood to police

admin   •   September 4, 2017   •   3122

Nurse Alex Wubbels is shown during an incident at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., in this still photo taken from police body-worn camera video taken July 26, 2017 and provided September 1, 2017. Salt Lake City Police Department/Handout via REUTERS

A nurse at a Utah hospital said this week she was assaulted by a police officer after declining to give him a sample of an unconscious patient’s blood because he had neither a warrant nor the patient’s consent.

Nurse Alex Wubbels showed videos from police officers’ body-worn cameras of her arrest at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. She said her first duty was to her patients.

“I just feel betrayed, I feel angry. I feel a lot of things and I am still confused,” said the nurse. “The only job I have as a nurse is to keep my patients safe. A blood draw, it just gets thrown around there like it’s some simple thing. But blood is your blood. That’s your property.”

The footage, filmed on July 26, showed Wubbels telling the officers that under the policy she would need a warrant, the patient’s consent, or the patient would need to be under arrest.

One officer, identified in media reports as Detective Jeff Payne, became angered and grabbed at Wubbels.

The patient was a truck driver who arrived comatose at the hospital after being badly burned in a crash with a vehicle being driven by someone fleeing police, the Deseret News reported.

At a news conference on Friday, Police Chief Mike Brown apologized for the incident.

“We apologized for the incident, we truly do, and we promise to find a solution. Our policy management team continues to work closely with the hospital staff on improved policy and training,” said Salt Lake City police chief Mike Brown.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said that the police department had initiated an internal investigation on the incident. — Beverly Sayson | UNTV News & Rescue

 

DILG warns of charges against cops accepting gifts

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday threatened to file charges against police officers who will accept or solicit gifts from the public in relation to their official duties.

“As a matter of policy, employees under the DILG, including police officers, will be held criminally and administratively liable if they receive or solicit gifts of monetary value from people they serve or transact with in relation to their official functions,” DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement.

Año said such policy is stated in the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2016-002 which penalizes the act of soliciting or accepting directly or indirectly any gift of monetary value or the act of receiving for personal use of a fee, gift or other valuable thing in the course of official duties in expectation of receiving a favor or better treatment.

The DILG chief made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte made a remark last week saying there is nothing wrong with receiving rewards if it was done out of gratitude and generosity.

Año acknowledged the president’s remark as stated in Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices act, but he emphasized that these gifts are only acceptable if these are small or of insignificant value or given as a mere ordinary token of gratitude or friendship.

“Our laws are not unmindful of the Filipino culture of showing their appreciation towards those who help us, including public servants. It is in this context that the President’s statement must be appreciated as explained by the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel,” he said.

The DILG chief said that although an exception is provided for in the law, he still reminded police officers and other government workers that their “services are already fully paid by the people through their taxes.”

“Therefore, gifts received in exchange for favors or as a form of bribe is in direct violation of your oath of service and is a violation of the law,” he said.

He added that it has been the practice of his office to send back to the sender or refuse gifts from local government officials or other functionaries.

Año also assured that the DILG will be relentless in its pursuit to build a corruption-free police organization that is “worthy of the trust and confidence of the Filipino people.”

Police official relieved from post after assaulting cop

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 19, 2019

CCTV footage shows Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan allegedly abuse a policewoman assigned in a precinct in San Juan City.

Easter Police District Chief PBGen. Christopher Tambungan has been relieved from his post after assaulting a cop assigned in a precinct in San Juan City.

“I am relieving Gen Tambungan administratively from his post temporarily, pending a full and impartial investigation of the matter,” according to National Capital Region Police Office Director (NCRPO) PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar in a statement.

On May 12, Tambungan allegedly hit PCpl April Santiago on the head and later swing his car door to hit her. He also reportedly verbally abused her.

“Allegedly, at about 7 in the evening of May 12, for no justifiable reason at all, BGEN Tambungan confronted PCpl Santiago because she couldn’t help him in a task given her,” the statement reads.

Eleazar said he only received the report on Tuesday (June 18).

“A report of this incident reached my office only yesterday. Apparently, Cpl Santiago hesitated to file a complaint due to her fear that she might be the one to get reprimanded,” he said.

He added that he already made a partial investigation on the issue. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP confirms armed men in viral video are cops, probe underway

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2019

Screen capture of the CCTV footage showing the alleged mauling incident in Cebu City.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that the armed men in the viral video who beat up a man in Cebu City are cops.

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde made the confirmation, saying that the personalities who assaulted an arrested drug suspect were indeed police officers. However, the PNP still refuse to disclose their identities.

The video, that was posted on Facebook, showed that the armed men were in uniform and were carrying high caliber firearms. The post was said to have been published by the victim’s cousin.

Albayalde also said investigation on the case is underway.

“According to Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management  (DIDM) talagang members ng PNP but they are under the custody already. The DIDM is taking the lead in investigating them,” he said. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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