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A Hero Stumbles, Alex Wubbels and the Failure to Pursue Justice

A Hero Stumbles, Alex Wubbels and the Failure to Pursue Justice


It took a viral video to even get this far with the people in positions of power and authority to actually do something, other than the obligatory department internal investigation. The officer should have been immediately suspended from duty from the body cam video alone, until determination of what possible criminal charges should have been made for such offenses. As late as yesterday, Wubbels was interviewed and as she had stated previously in a press conference the day prior, she had not made up her mind as to whether or not she would bring civil suits against the officers involved or the police department itself.

When listening to her statements, that is when it occurred to me that here was one of the greatest opportunities ever to bring to light the all too common practice of police overstepping their legal boundaries and police violating rights of common people. I have watched countless video clips of police staging unconstitutional DUI stops, involving mandatory blood draws on demand, roadside strip and body cavity searches and too many more things to even list here. None of this has ever sparked the outrage that one overworked, nurse/mother in charge of a burn unit has caused. Americans love their nurses. It’s likely the most respected job in the U.S. today. It’s a tough job. Most people at some point in their lives are exposed to them. The public understands and appreciates the efforts of these largely unsung heroes, who do battle on behalf of others every single shift. You can tell just by looking at Wubbles on duty in the video, that she’s seen a lot of battles and is like most nurses, weary from the effort. She has that look of the typical nurse who works on a high stress, critical care unit. I’ve been in burn units before and even I don’t know how those nurses do it. It’s the most horrifying, painful, heartbreaking specialties that exists. I salute any nurse who’s ever done that job. People are moved by the kind of dedication it requires to do these jobs day in day out. Many people would never choose a career that hard and more could never even do it. It’s really that difficult, and that’s why the public loves them. Continue reading