A doctor in Louisville, Kentucky has been arrested on several charges after he attacked and strangled a group of girls who were not practicing proper social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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It is unclear what led up to the actions taking place in the video, but in the video, recorded on a smart phone, shows John Rademaker, an area physician, confronting and attacking the girls.
Rademaker even goes as far as to choke a girl who is already on the ground, pushing by her friends in the process.
According to an NBC News report:
The man then calls one of the girls an “a–hole,” before both he and the woman go after the group. The man shoves three girls before lunging at a fourth girl, appearing to pin her on the ground. The girl scream, and one pleads with the man to “seriously, get off of her!”
The video went viral first on Reddit and then on Twitter as various influencers began to circulate it.
As of today, Rademaker is currently under arrest facing charges of first-degree strangulation and harassment with physical contact.
His employer said he has been suspended from his contract position.
Governments from the federal to the local level, along with nearly all medical professionals, are advising people to practice social distancing, which involves avoiding being in groups of people, avoiding being out in public as much as possible, and staying at least six feet away from other people when their must be contact. Recently, the CDC also recommended that everyone wear cloth face covers when out in public to help prevent and slow the spread of the virus.
🤬🤬🤬 What’s this man’s name?
I need it.
This happened this weekend in Louisville.
He assaulted this young Black girl.
But local news outlets won’t say his name. The police arrested him for strangulation, but even they won’t say his name or release the mugshot. pic.twitter.com/4uT8YGCddr
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 6, 2020
As of today, over 390,000 infections have been reported in the United States along with over 12,000 deaths being attributed to the virus. Worldwide there are over 1.3 million cases and over 75,000 deaths reported. New York State, and specifically New York City and the surrounding areas remain the hardest hit areas in the United States.