Ophelia Ford addresses concerns after rant - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ophelia Ford addresses concerns after rant

(WMC-TV) - State Senator Ophelia Ford spoke to Action News 5 Thursday about a controversial rant earlier this week.

Action News 5 viewers saw Ford speaking in a senate committee Tuesday about a bill to increase penalties for assaulting health care professionals.

"They had to restrain me," Ford said Tuesday.  "I'm not a violent person."

Ford said she also heard criticism several years ago when she appeared erratic after several hospital stays.

"It doesn't phase you one way or another," said Ford.  "I do know most people feel favorable about me."

Ford admitted she is a bit eccentric and said she did have some bad experiences with health care professionals.

"I had nurses, bad experience and callousness," she said.

Ford also said she was not happy with some of her doctors who did not listen to her.  She said she eventually found out she had two strokes after she insisted on certain tests.

She said she cares about people and can be very passionate about issues.

"Sometimes I could be pensive or very emotional or very concerned about certain things," said Ford.

Ford said she just wants to do a good job and shared a message for people who do not understand her.

"I would ask them to call me and I've said that before," said Ford.

Ford does not agree with the proposed bill to increase penalties for people who assault health care professionals, but added she does have respect for people in that profession.

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