PHILADELPHIA—The police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week have caused a ripple of reactions from people all over the country. Recent comments on social media by a Philadelphia hospital employee about those events have resulted in that person's firing.
An employee at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital chimed in on the national events, ranting on Facebook earlier this week about the Black Lives Matter movement and the black community in Philadelphia.
The hospital acknowledged the social media posts by its employee, but would not identify the employee by name. An updated message from the hospital Wednesday said the employee has since been fired.
People in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania areas have been sharing a Facebook post by Diane Amoratis since Monday. In the post, she wrote how a recent Black Lives Matter protest in Philadelphia should have been "bulldozed."
"Blacks kill each other every day, all day long, and it's okay with them," she wrote in the post, which has since been removed from Facebook with the deletion of her account.
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Jefferson Hospital responded Tuesday to angry reactions from the community through Facebook and Twitter.
"An employee’s decision to post inflammatory comments on social media is an unfortunate choice and one that is not tolerated at Jefferson," said Dr. Stephen Klasko, hospital president and CEO, and Jeffrey Stevens, chief human resources officer in a Facebook post Tuesday.
Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have gathered in cities all around the country to protest the police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana on July 5 and Philando Castile in Minnesota on July 6.
During a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest in Dallas on July 7, a lone gunman shot and killed five police officers and injured several others.
Amoratis' role at the hospital is unclear. She is not a registered nurse with the state of Pennsylvania, according to the state's license verification records.
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