A California nurse who said an unarmed black man “deserved” to be shot by police has been fired from her hospital job.
Faith Linthicum, of Sacramento, was a nurse at Kaiser Permanente's Roseville Medical Center at the time that she posted the controversial Facebook comments that Stephon Clark, who was gunned down by police in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18, "deserved it for being stupid," reports said.
Before Linthicum restricted access to her Facebook page, civil rights activist Christina Arechiga took a screengrab of the comments and shared it on her social media accounts, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“This woman works in labor and delivery — how can [she] be trust[ed] her with our black and brown babies?” Arechiga wrote on a post that has since been widely circulated.
Once officials at Linthicum’s job got wind of the post she’d made, she was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, reports said.
On Thursday, it was announced that the nurse was no longer employed at Kaiser Permanente.
"Kaiser Permanente does not tolerate hate or discrimination… 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," a hospital spokesman said in a statement to the Sacramento Bee.
Officers fired 20 shots at Clark, 22, after they said they believed he had a gun.
They later discovered he was actually holding a cell phone.