A white nurse who publicly stated that Stephon Clark “deserved” to be killed has been fired.
“Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses… why run??!!!” Faith Linthicum, a nurse at a Sacramento hospital wrote on her Facebook page last week.
“He deserved it for being stupid.”
An unarmed Clark was fatally shot by two cops in his grandparents’ backyard last month. Demonstrators took to the streets of Sacramento soon after the shooting. However, protests have become especially tense since an independent autopsy report concluded that Clark was shot eight times. Six of those shots were in his back.
“His death wasn’t instantaneous,” said forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu — known for uncovering the long-term effects of football injuries —on Friday. “Death took about three to 10 minutes.”
Linthicum’s controversial comment was first spotted by activist Christina Arechiga who is said to have given birth at the hospital.
“This woman works in labor and delivery — how can we trust her with our Black and brown babies?” Arechiga wrote of Linthicum who worked in labor and delivery at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center.
Kaiser Permanente first placed Linthicum on administrative leave while an investigation was underway, according to the Sacramento Bee. But now the company tells SFGate that she no longer works for them:
“Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion — it remains a place where we welcome everyone,” the company said in a statement. “We want to emphasize that the comments expressed by this employee, who is no longer with the organization, do not in any way reflect Kaiser Permanente’s views or actions.”
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