Louisville Doctor Was Arrested and Charged with Strangulation After Getting into Fight With Teenage Girls Over Social Distancing
The Hill reported that a doctor in Louisville, Kentucky was arrested and charged with strangulation after a fight broke out with teens who apparently did not follow social distancing measures during the Wuhan Virus outbreak.
The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) received an alert on April 6, 2020 to a video showing a man cursing at a group of teens. The man later shoved him and grabbed the neck of a girl, according to coverage from the local CBS affiliate WLKY.
A user on Twitter commented “Man in Louisville at Norton Commons assaults girls due to social distancing issue. Couple asked the girls to disperse and leave because they were supposedly breaking the social distancing rules and this is what encountered …”
Man in Louisville at Norton Commons assaults girls due to social distancing issue. Couple asked the girls to disperse and leave because they were supposedly breaking the social distancing rules and this is what encountered … pic.twitter.com/fxm4IH8VCm
— thedjrayray (@thedjrayray) April 6, 2020
Allegedly, the event took place on the evening of April 3, 2020.
The man in the video is reportedly John Rademaker, a physician in the area.
According to the police department, Rademaker was arrested on April 7 with charges of strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact.
Witnesses recounted that Rademaker and a woman approached the teenagers in a hostile manner, using vulgarities and criticizing the girls for going out while social distancing policies are in effect.
In the same video clip, the woman is shown putting her hands on one of the girls.
LMPD officials issued a statement, recommending individuals worried about social distancing not “to take matters into their own hands,” continuing, “We ask people who are concerned about large gatherings to call 311 or 911 to report their concerns.”
Rademaker’s is employed at a local Baptist Health hospital and was placed on administrative leave after receiving these charges.