A Kentucky doctor who violently attacked a group of teenage girls, choking one of them, apparently for not practicing social distancing, was arrested after a video of the incident went viral this week weekend.
The video, which was posted on Reddit and titled “A man strangles a teenage girl for failing social distance,” shows a man approaching at least four girls who are on a picnic blanket. A woman near him seems to be filming on his phone as one of the girls tells them that the group is leaving.
We don’t know what happened before the video started, but a girl says to the man who watches them, “Please, let’s not argue. “
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The man then calls one of the girls a “hole,” before he and the woman chase the group. The man jostles three girls before attacking a fourth girl, seeming to nail her to the ground. The girl shouts, and the man is begged to “seriously, get off her!” “
More than 3000 people commented on the Reddit post, and a tweet from the video by writer and activist Shaun King has been retweeted more than 2000 times.
On Tuesday, the day after King’s tweet, the Louisville metro police department identified the man as John Rademaker and said he had been arrested and charged with four counts, including strangulation first degree and harassment with physical contact.
A police report said the incident occurred on Friday in Norton Commons, a residential community. A brief description of the meeting indicated that Rademaker “without consent … put pressure on the victim’s throat and hampered his breathing. The victim is identified as an 18-year-old Hispanic woman.
“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 way,” said the special advisor to the police department. Jessie Halladay in a statement shared with NBC News.
A Baptist Health statement from Louisville stated that Rademaker was a contract physician with the provider, but “has been on administrative leave from his practice and does not provide services at a Baptist Health facility. “
“This type of action does not reflect our values as a health care institution or provider, and our thoughts are with the young women who have been affected,” the statement said.
Rademaker was released from prison on Tuesday on his own terms, according to a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Corrections Department. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 8.
Calls to the Rademaker office went unanswered. Several house and cell phone numbers listed for him were disconnected.