There are good and bad employees in every profession. In the case of police officers, we expect them to know the law, uphold the Constitution of the United States and earn respect by their just and honorable peace-keeping endeavors.
If you haven’t seen the story yet, an emergency room nurse was arrested for protecting her patient from an unlawful violation of the 4th amendment, which provides protection from an unreasonable search and seizure. I’m shaken up just watching this. My sister is a nurse and it scares me to think of anyone hurting her for just doing her job. The appalling part is that other police officers just stood around and let her be manhandled by an abusive officer. I’m so glad for body cameras. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you really need to see this.
The idea that our Government can authorize a law enforcement entity to steal someone’s bodily fluids against the person’s will is a blatant abuse! The State does not own our bodies and should not be able order someone to stick a needle into our blood vessels. This patient was unconscious and therefore unable to consent. Thankfully the nurse was correct. The police officer was asking her to violate the Constitutional rights of her patient.
It’s equally outrageous that a law enforcement entity would violently arrest a nurse on duty, treat her roughly and prevent her from taking care of her patients to show he is above the law. This unfortunate patient was already a victim of an accident, but now even his nurse was taken away from taking care of him! The hospital plans on a certain number of nurses per shift and to prevent a registered nurse from her duties creates a hardship on the rest of the hospital and patients needing care.
I am grateful that some average citizens understand the law and will stand against those who seek to violate the Constitution, even if the order comes from a police officer. Nobody likes bullies or tyrants. Wearing a police badge and carrying lethal force does not grant the right to violate the Constitution.
This happened a month ago and this department kept him on active duty until the video went public. The Salt Lake City Police Department’s response was to put this officer on administrative leave WITH FULL PAY, which is like a paid vacation, AFTER THE VIDEO WAS MADE PUBLIC.
Formal written disciplinary action isn’t enough. The officer needs to be prosecuted, fined and fired for a violation of rights, wrongful arrest, and breaking a formal agreement made by the department and hospital, assaulting a nurse and causing a peace disturbance. Additionally, all the other police officers who stood around watching this assault take place should be punished. They should have restrained their own officer when it was obvious that he was out of control and incapable of managing his own anger.
If this department fails to remove this bad actor, it will be the same as condoning this behavior. “A bad apple will rot the rest of the bag.”
Was this the first time this officer ever behaved unlawfully? As a 22 year veteran of the police force, it is more likely this is the first time he was caught abusing his power on a video camera.
We have to give others the benefit of the doubt and treat one another in a civil and respectful manner. We understand the police using force when dealing with hardened criminals, drug addicts and bad actors. But to treat a lady, a co-professional, especially a nurse who’s duty is to protect the public is completely immoral and reprehensible.
As a citizen, I am appealing to all police chiefs to control their departments. This unconstitutional behavior stems from ignorance of the US Constitution and the rights of our citizens. The Salt Lake City Police Department deserves to feel shame for failing to train their police on Constitutional law.
We expect police officers to maintain peace, law and order, promote justice, de-escalate emotional situations and protect us. The Salt Lake City Police Department has done much harm to its image. Every honest citizen of this Country knows this behavior was wrong. The police need to start calling out their own profession. When the police department deals with this situation severely and quickly, it will help to restore the public’s faith in the department’s ability to protect and secure the community. The example set by this is important not only for Salt Lake City, but for other cities all across our Country.
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