Florida anesthesiologist Jennifer Susan Wright is accused of attacking a man who asked her to maintain social distancing at a Florida supermarket. According to the Miami Herald and other local outlets, police say Wright attacked a Hispanic man, vandalized his car, called him a racial slur and said she’d “get rid of every single one of you.”
The attack took place on Jan. 20 at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, a city in Miami-Dade County with a large Cuban American population. A man asked Wright in Spanish to maintain social distancing in line.
Wright, who works at Mount Sinai Medical Center, ignored him. When he asked again in English, she followed him to his car. According to the report, when he asked her again to keep her distance, she called the man a slur and said, “We should have gotten rid of you when we could.”
The assault took place the day of President Biden’s inauguration, and Wright reportedly said, “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America” and “we should have burned it all.”
She then took out her keys and scratched the man’s car. When he tried to call 911, Wright reportedly punched him, kicked him and stomped his phone.
Wright was arrested Friday at her home in Miami Springs. According to NBC, she is known in the region as a big Trump supporter. Wright is charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. She posted a $1,000 bond on Friday, Feb. 19, and had a hearing on Monday, Feb. 22.
“The allegations made against Dr. Wright are simply not true,” Wright’s attorney, Carlos F. Gonzalez, said in a statement. “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.”
Mount Sinai issued a statement saying Wright was no longer responsible for patient care at the hospital, and that it was cooperating with law enforcement.
“Our medical center was founded more than 70 years ago on a foundation of inclusiveness, at a time when patients and doctors alike were facing discrimination in the community and in the practice of medicine,” the statement said. “Today, we remain proud to be a mission-driven organization that recognizes and serves the rich diversity of our patient population, our staff and the community.”