A Sacramento hospital parted ways with a nurse after she wrote on Facebook that Stephon Clark — an unarmed black man who was shot dead by police — “deserved it.”
Faith Linthicum, a labor and delivery nurse at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center in California, commented on a Facebook post about Clark’s death, the Sacramento Bee first reported.
“Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking in peoples houses…why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid,” she wrote.
***update: This nurse is no longer with Kaiser….
Posted by Christina Arechiga on Friday, March 23, 2018
The insensitive comments were widely circulated on social media, and Linthicum was placed on administrative leave before Kaiser Permanente issued a statement stating she was “no longer with the organization.”
“Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination and has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion…,” said VP Yvette Radford in a statement to the Daily News.
“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,” she said.
Stephon Clark with girlfriend Salena Manni and their two sons, Cairo Clark, 1, and Aiden Clark, 3.
“We are deeply saddened by the events associated with Stephon Clark’s death, and will continue to do our part to make sure the community is healthy, safe and inclusive,” the statement continued.
Protests broke out across the city after body cam videos released by the police showed two Sacramento cops firing at Clark 20 times.
Clark was killed in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, and autopsy results released on Friday by a pathologist hired by his family revealed the unarmed father-of-two was shot eight times in the side and back.
Dr. Bennet Omalu also determined Clark took three to 10 minutes to die.
While police waited about five minutes before rendering medical aid, Omalu said it was unclear whether Clark would have survived had he gotten immediate medical attention.
"Beyond the fact that police at first said Stephon’s cell phone was mistaken for a gun, but then changed their story to say they thought it was a crowbar, our autopsy has shown that he was shot repeatedly in the back, which is certainly not characteristic of someone menacing officers or preparing an imminent attack," family attorney Ben Crump said Friday.
Helicopter footage shows Sacramento Police officers shooting unarmed man Stephon Clark in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18.
(Sacramento Police Department)