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A Kentucky doctor was arrested on Tuesday after arguing with a group of teenagers for failing to follow social distancing rules, police said.
The Louisville Metro police department said it was investigating the incident involving John Rademaker and a group of girls near the Norton Commons amphitheater, WLKY-TV reported. The altercation was said to have taken place on Friday evening and was videotaped.
“Obviously, we do not advise people affected by social distancing to take matters into their own hands and confront people about it, especially in some physical way,” the department said in a statement. “We are asking those concerned with large rallies to call 311 or 911 to voice their concerns. “
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Witnesses said that Rademaker and a woman approached the group and expressed anger that they were flouting the guidelines for social distancing of coronaviruses that have been in place around the world.
Images of the incident appear to show a man cursing and pushing the teenagers and allegedly putting his hands around a girl’s neck. The woman was also seen putting her hand on one of the girls, the media reported.
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Rademaker is charged with strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact.
His employer, Baptist Health Hospital, said he works with an anesthesia group with whom he has a contract and has been placed on administrative leave.