Kentucky physician faces felony charge after altercation over social distancing

A physician in Louisville, Ky., was arrested and charged last week with first-degree strangulation and three counts of harassment after allegedly attacking a group of teenagers for not practicing social distancing, according to NBC News

John Rademaker, MD, was arrested after a video of the alleged altercation, titled "Man strangles teenage girl for failing to social distance," went viral. Though it is unclear what was said before the video began, the video reportedly shows Dr. Rademaker approach a group of teen girls in a residential community in Louisville. A police report said Dr. Rademaker "without consent … applied pressure to victim's throat and impeded her breathing," according to NBC News

Dr. Rademaker, who was released from jail on his own recognizance, is a contract physician with Baptist Health Floyd. He has been placed on administrative leave by his practice and is not providing services at Baptist Health, the system told NBC News

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Editor's note: This article was updated April 14 at 12:24 p.m. CDT.

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