Protesters demand firing of Utah police officer who arrested nurse

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"We will do what is necessary to fully investigate the issue, uphold the integrity of the Salt Lake City Police Department, and strengthen the trust with our community".

The dramatic video became another flashpoint in a national debate about police use of force and how officers treat civilians.

The incident, in which the nurse calmly explained hospital policy and was roughly arrested by the officer as she screamed, happened on July 26. Payne wanted blood drawn from the patient.

The nurse sat in the police auto for 20 minutes before she was released without charges.

Wubbels points out to Payne that these parameters are spelled out in an agreement between the hospital and the department.

But Wubbels doesn't back down in the videos, which may have been edited. "You're under arrest, we're going!"

Eventually the detective handcuffed Ms Wubbels and left her in a hot police auto for 20 minutes, and she was not charged, said her lawyer, Karra Porter.

After being held in the officer's auto, Wubbles was released without being charged.

The hospital incident was a result of a high speed police chase, where video shows the suspect being pursued swerving into the front of a semi-truck, which subsequently exploded, killing the suspect and badly injuring the semi-truck driver with burns.

Wubbels, a former Olympic skier in the 1998 Nagano and 2002 Salt Lake City games, has not sued the department but said that she may. The patient's name has not been released.

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One of the officers then tries to grab her while saying, "We're done".

A Utah official said on Friday that prosecutors have launched an investigation and will consider criminal charges against the officer after footage of the assault emerged.

ABC News' reached out to the Salt Lake Police Association, the union representing Payne, but has yet to receive a response. "She just couldn't believe this could happen", Porter said.

"It's a criminal probe into the legality of the arrest and other conduct by law enforcement", Jeff Hall told the Daily News.

The union also cited a US Supreme Court ruling in 2016, which affirms that a blood sample can not be taken without patient consent or a warrant.

The nurse, Alex Wubbles, refused, noting that the officer did not have an electronic warrant or consent, and that the patient was not under arrest.

"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".

"We have a really strong tie to the nurses that we work with".

After the incident the Salt Lake Police Department has changed their blood drawing policies and say they've retrained officers.