MIAMI – Southern Lawyers Florida doctor accused of assaulting a Hispanic man in a supermarket they say that the allegation that she committed a hate crime “is simply not true”.
Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright, 58, was arrested Friday outside her Miami Springs home on charges of criminal malice, adulteration of a victim and prejudiced assault, an increase in hate crime that elevated the charge to a crime.
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Wright was furious after the man asked her in Spanish to stay away because of COVID-19 guidelines while waiting in line on January 20 at a Publix in Hialeah, a highly Hispanic Miami suburb, the Miami Herald reported.
Wright ignored the man, so he repeated it in English. She replied “muttering bad words,” the newspaper said, citing a report about the arrest. Wright then walked over to him in the parking lot and he asked her to come back. Then she threw racial and other insults at him.
According to the arrest report, Wright then proceeded “to stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys while saying that he needed to return to his country” and punched and kicked the man. Officials said the attack occurred on the day President Joe Biden took office.
Wright’s legal team, an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, released a statement on Monday.
“We hope to discredit this terrible attack on our client, who is full of lies and distorted information to fit someone else’s political agenda,” said Coral Gables attorney Carlos F. Gonzalez in the statement.
Also on Monday, Mount Sinai announced that Wright, who was hired to work there, “is no longer responsible for patient care” at the Miami Beach hospital.
“Our highest priority is the safety of our patients, visitors and employees. Law enforcement and other competent authorities have our full cooperation in this matter, ”said President and CEO Gino Santorio in a statement released Monday.
The hospital statement said the details of the arrest “are unacceptable and go against the culture we promote and the mission that guides us. Since our inception, we remain dedicated advocates of ensuring equality for all, regardless of our differences, including race, religion, nationality, creed, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status ”.
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