Lisa Hofstra, a nurse at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and a Chicago Police officer named Rodriguez (first name unknown) after she was arrested for wanting to speak to a supervisor before taking the blood from a suspect on Rodriguez’s orders.
Hofstra was the nurse in charge when Rodriguez demanded that she take a blood sample from a suspected drunken driver. Since the suspect was not admitted, there are obvious liability and ethical issues presented by such a demand. Hofstra made the reasonable request to speak first to a supervisor. Rodriguez allegedly responded by losing his temper, arresting Hofstra, and putting her in cuffs in a patrol car.
It is hard to imagine a rationale to support such conduct or the alleged crime that she was arrested for by Rodriguez. A police officer cannot order a nurse or doctor to perform this procedure against their will. Such an arrest, therefore, is doubly abusive and should raise serious questions about the fitness of this individual to serve as an officer.
For a video account from Hofstra, click here.