A doctor attacked a group of teenage girls and strangled one of them after he became furious at the group for ignoring social distancing rules, police said.
John Rademaker, a 57-year-old physician in Louisville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with strangulation among other charges after he was identified in a clip on Reddit titled: ‘Man strangles teenage girl for failing to social distance.’
The footage shows the man police said is Rademaker as he approaches the group of girls sitting on a picnic blanket. It is unclear what occurred before the camera started rolling, but one of the girls is heard telling Rademaker that they are leaving.
‘Please, let’s not cuss at each other,’ the teen said in the footage to Rademaker, who responds by calling one of the girls an ‘asshole.’
The doctor, who is with an unidentified woman, is then seen showing three of the girls before pinning a fourth girl to the ground as she screams in terror.
One of the girls is heard pleading with Rademaker, shouting, ‘seriously, get off her.’ just before the clip ends.
The Louisville Police Department announced that they identified Rademaker on Tuesday. He was arrested and now faces one count of strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact after he ‘without consent…applied pressure to the victim’s throat and impeded her breathing,’ police wrote.
‘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 Louisville police spokesperson said in a statement to NBC.
Rademaker has reportedly been placed on administrative leave at Baptist Health Louisville, where he worked as a physician.
‘This type of action does not reflect our values as an institution or healthcare provider, and our thoughts are with the young women who were impacted,’ the hospital said in a statement.
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