When an incident of police misconduct is caught on video, and that video goes viral on the internet, there is hope that the officers will be held accountable for their actions in court—but there is never a guarantee that things will change. The only certainty seems to be that attention will eventually shift to the next officer who is caught on video abusing the same citizens they claim to "serve and protect."
The University of Utah Hospital was thrust into the spotlight last week after Body Cam footage was released that showed Detective Jeff Payne arrest Nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26. One of the most astonishing aspects of the encounter was that Wubbels did nothing wrong. She was defending the rights of an unconscious patient when police demanded a blood sample from him, and the fact that she told Payne "No" became probable cause for her arrest.
While Salt Lake City Police claimed they changed their procedures for how police officers interact with medical professionals, it should be noted that a criminal investigation into Payne's actions was not issued until the video of the encounter went viral—over one month after it happened.
Instead of waiting for the local police to take action, the University of Utah Hospital has responded by changing its policies and banning police officers from patient-care areas and from direct contact with nurses.