A Miami doctor has been charged with a hate crime after she allegedly attacked a Hispanic man, called him a racial slur and vandalized his vehicle after he asked her to maintain social distancing at a supermarket, according to a report.
Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright, 58, an anesthesiologist, was charged with criminal mischief, tampering with a victim and battery with prejudice, a “hate crime” enhancement that upgraded the count to a felony, the Miami Herald reported.
On Jan. 20, the day President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Wright got too close to a man who asked her in Spanish to keep her distance while standing on line at a Publix store, according to the paper.
The man repeated his request in English after Wright ignored him, but she began “mumbling bad words” and he then walked to his car, the arrest report said.
As he loaded his groceries in the parking lot, the doctor walked up to him and got within a foot of his face, according to police. When he asked her to move back, it “enraged the defendant even more.”
She called the victim a “spic,” a slur for Hispanics, and told him, “We should have gotten rid of you when we could,” according to the report.
“This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America,” Wright said, according to the police report, adding, “We should have burned it all.”
“The defendant also proceeded to stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys while saying he needed to go back to his country,” the report added, according to the Herald.
The man tried calling 911, but the woman punched him, causing him to drop the phone. She then kicked him and tried to smash the phone with her foot before fleeing in a Jeep Wrangler, police said.
Wright, who works at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, was arrested Friday outside her home in the upscale community of Miami Springs, where she was known as a fervent supporter of former President Trump.
During the Halloween season, she put up a mannequin made to look like Biden, with a sign that read “Expose the Biden Crime Family,” according to the Herald.
Wright, who posted bond, could not be reached by the paper for comment.
The Post has reached out to Mount Sinai Medical Center for comment.