A renowned Texas doctor who previously taught at both Stanford and Duke universities on Tuesday apologized after accusing Black Lives Matter protesters of threatening his daughter.
BuzzFeed News reported that a now-deleted tweet from Andrea Natale claimed that his daughter was "attacked by a group of BLM," apparently referring to protesters, in Baltimore.
BuzzFeed reported that Natale apologized in a statement Tuesday afternoon to the outlet provided by St. David's Medical Center in Austin, where he serves as executive director of the hospital's Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute.
"I sincerely apologize for a tweet I posted this weekend," Natale said. "I was worried about my daughter, and I jumped to a conclusion based on the information I had at the time. I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to healing people from all backgrounds, and I regret that my words were misinterpreted and created hurt and pain. It was not my intention."
Natale's tweet had also alleged that responding officers had refused to make an arrest over the incident because the suspects were Black, body camera footage revealed that the police did not mention race but instead claimed that city officials were urging them to not "engage with squeegee boys," while adding that they would attempt to find the person who had damaged the car's mirror so that charges could be filed against them.
“If I do [locate them],” the officer said, “I’ll give you a call back and you can go file charges against that kid.”
The incident comes as Baltimore and cities around the country have seen demonstrations occurring for months against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody on Memorial Day.
Some conservatives and allies of President Trump have pointed to instances of violence in some cities as evidence that the wide protests are in support of lawlessness or anarchy.
Baltimore was previously consumed by protests with some moments of violence in 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man whose neck and spine were injured while he was in custody in the back of a police vehicle.
Source: The Hill