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A Louisiana pediatrician was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly ramming a pedestrian with his elbow and calling her a racial slur before running away.
The victim was on a walking path with a friend in Baton Rouge when a man later identified as 54-year-old Shane McKinney came running toward her and yelled for her to get out of the way. Witnesses say they watched the man turn and raise his elbow to strike the woman in the chest, causing her to spin to the side, according to a probable cause affidavit uploaded by local station WBRZ-TV.
After allegedly elbowing the woman, McKinney then ran off — but not before a witness snapped a picture of him.
A police spokesperson confirmed that McKinney allegedly called his victim the n-word during the attack, local outlet KATC-3 reports. The victim was identified as a student-athlete at Southern University.
McKinney, a pediatrician with the Our Lady of the Lake hospital system, was arrested on Nov. 11 and charged with simple battery, police announced in a press release. He has since been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, his employer announced in a Facebook post.
“We don’t tolerate hate, racism or violence by any member of our organization against another person. We take the allegations placed against one of our physicians seriously and understand their gravity,” Our Lady of the Lake said in the social media post.
Roman Banks, the athletic director at Southern University, took to Twitter to call for change and solidarity following this incident.
“As a department, we call on the city of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas to unite in creating change,” he tweeted. “We must strive to do better and to do more.”
McKinney was booked on $10,000 bail and bonded out Wednesday night, according to local news outlet The Advocate.
McKinney has worked in pediatrics since 2012, according to his LinkedIn page. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
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