A Kentucky doctor has been charged with strangulation and harassment after a video went viral in which he appears to shout profanities and shove teenage girls.
John Rademaker, 57, was arrested by the Louisville Metro Police Department in connection with the 27-second clip which allegedly shows him grabbing an 18-year-old woman by the throat during a heated argument over social distancing.
Rademaker was placed on administrative leave from his job at One Anesthesia after the incident before being arrested by police on Tuesday and charged with one count of strangulation and three counts of harassment.
The victims shown in the video are not named.
‘The Louisville Metro Police Department has arrested John Rademaker in reference to an investigation stemming from a viral video at Norton Commons, Friday,’ police announced in a Facebook post.
‘LMPD did not release the video or “blur” faces in this incident. The viral video was well circulated. This is an on-going investigation and we simply cannot comment further.’
Footage captured on a cellphone emerged over the weekend, which allegedly showed Rademaker coming to blows with a large group of young people at the Norton Commons amphitheater in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday at around 8.30pm.
The doctor and his female friend, who is also reportedly a health care worker, confronted the nine teenagers for not following social distancing rules to help curb the spread of coronavirus, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
As of Wednesday evening, Kentucky had just over 1,300 confirmed cases of the illness and 73 deaths.
The video opens with Rademaker dressed in a red T-shirt and bluejeans having a verbal argument with a young woman, who assures him that they are about to leave.
‘Let’s not cuss at each other,’ she tells him.
The doctor then points a finger at one of the teens, whom he referrers to as ‘this a**hole right here,’ then shoves the girl.
‘What the f*** is your problem?’ the girl cries out. ‘You do not touch me!’