03/05/2010

Nurse cuffed by Chicago cop settles for $78K

The nurse was forced to sit in the back of a squad for 45 minutes after refusing to draw blood from a DUI suspect

Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — A nurse who was handcuffed when she refused to draw blood from a drunken-driving suspect has settled her lawsuit against a Chicago Police officer for $78,000, according to city records.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center nurse Lisa Hofstra sued Officer Marcelo Rodriguez and the city, saying she was handcuffed and forced to sit in the back of a squad car for 45 minutes in August. She said Rodriguez became belligerent when she told him the hospital could not draw blood until the driver was admitted as a patient.

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