Doctor arrested for allegedly strangling teen girl over social distancing
A Kentucky doctor has been arrested for allegedly strangling a teenage girl for not social distancing.
Louisville-area physician John Rademaker, 57, was filmed in a viral video cursing and shoving the group of teens for not adhering to social distance recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.
In the 27-second clip, Rademaker is allegedly seen approaching a group of teenagers on Friday around 8:30 p.m and going as far as to jump on top of one of the girls during the testy dispute.
“Obviously, we do not advise individuals concerned about social distancing to take matters into their own hands and confront people about it, especially in any physical way,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to a local CBS affiliate.
“We ask people who are concerned about large gatherings to call 311 or 911 to report their concerns.”
Rademaker works for One Anesthesia, a company contracted by the Baptist Health Hospital in Louisville, and was placed on administrative leave after the incident, CBS reported.
“[T]he partners of SIAC, a division of One Anesthesia PLLC, have decided to place the physician that appeared in the video on administrative leave as of April 5th pending further investigation,” the group said in a statement to CBS.
“Our well wishes extend to all parties involved and we will continue to monitor this situation as new information develops.”
Rademaker faces one count of strangulation in the first degree and three counts of harassment with physical contact.
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