According to news outlets referencing police accounts, a South Florida anesthesiologist named Jennifer Susan Wright has been arrested and charged with a hate crime for attacking a Hispanic man outside a supermarket.
The Miami Herald notes that after the man asked her in Spanish to keep her distance because of COVID-19 rules while standing in line at a supermarket in Hialeah, Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright, of Miami, was angered.
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The altercation was held on January 20 at a Publix in Hialeah, Florida. The Miami Herald, citing police, confirmed that both Wright and the victim were waiting to pay at the checkout line. The man thought that Wright was standing too near to him.
In order to uphold social distancing directives, he asked Wright to back up. The man spoke to Wright first in Spanish and then in English, according to the Miami Herald. At first, Wright ignored the man following the second request before “mumbling bad words.”
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Wright also continued “to stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys while saying that he needed to go back to his country,” the arrest report said, and punched and kicked the man. The assault took place on Jan. 20, when President Joe Biden took office, officials said.
On Friday, the doctor was arrested and bond was later released. Several online listings show her association with the Medical Center of Mount Sinai.
Under the state’s hate crime statute, Wright has been charged with criminal mischief, tampering with a witness and assault with bias.
Carlos F. Gonzalez, Wright’s lawyer, said in a statement that, “The allegations made against Dr. Wright are simply not true, We look forward to discrediting this ugly attack against our client that is filled with lies and twisted information to fit someone else’s political agenda.”
A statement was released by the hospital saying their “top priority is the safety of our patients, visitors and employees, no longer responsible for patient care pending the completion of a full investigation.”