A black Tennessee nurse has accused a sheriff’s deputy of being racist after she was questioned during a home visit with a white patient when somebody reported a suspicious person in the neighborhood.
Stephanie Dash, who works as a home health nurse in Nashville, was visiting an elderly patient last Wednesday when she claims she was racially profiled by the Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy.
‘I would like to give a special acknowledgement to Williamson County TN Deputy Rhonda Casillas for abusing her power as a officer and being rude along with treating me like a criminal in front of one of my patients yesterday,’ Dash said in a fiery Facebook post.
‘I’ve been doing home health for a year and a half and I’ve been a nurse for three years. Never have I ever experienced something like this in my nursing career.’
Dash claims she saw the deputy peering through her patient’s window before knocking on the front door while she was treating the woman.
The sheriff’s office said they were responding to reports of a suspicious person in the neighborhood who had been going door to door.
Dash, who continued to treat the woman, said the deputy proceeded to ask her patient who her nurse was and if she was meant to be there.
‘The (patient) informed her that I was her home health nurse. Then she says ‘well we got a call saying someone looked suspicious in the neighborhood and wasn’t suppose to be here’,’ Dash wrote on Facebook.
‘My patient again confirmed that I was suppose to be there. I had nursing equipment, my work bag with my company logo on it, I had on scrubs and (a) stethoscope hanging from my neck.
‘She still was not convinced.’
Dash said she went to her car to retrieve her identification to prove she was the woman’s nurse.
‘She continues to question me to the point where I said okay I’m calling my company. Immediately I request my boss. With the phone on speaker, my boss immediately asked are y’all saying she looked suspicious because she’s black. The sheriff says no,’ she said.
Dash said the deputy kept questioning the patient to see if the nurse was meant to be there, asking: ‘If she’s not suppose to be here just say it’ and ‘Are you sure you know her?’.
Frustrated, Dash said she packed up her medical equipment and tried to leave but was held for five minutes because two additional law enforcement vehicles had responded to the home.
“The treatment you gave was uncalled for. The way you handled the situation was unprofessional, your attitude was disrespectful,’ Dash said of the deputy.
‘You are a racist, treating innocent people like they don’t have the right to be in certain areas. I honestly don’t feel like you deserve a badge.’
The sheriff’s department said they are investigating the incident and looking for any audio or footage of the exchange.
Dash’s company, Amedisys Home Health Nashville, has filed an official complaint with the sheriff’s office about the treatment of the nurse.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Emily Crane