23 January 2016
A 30-year-old doctor in the US was suspended from clinical duties after a video of her attacking an Uber driver and throwing the man’s belongings into the street, went viral on YouTube. Dr Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident employed by Jackson Health System – a nonprofit teaching hospital in Miami, was allegedly drunk when she got into an Uber cab without a reservation and created a ruckus when asked to leave.
Juan Cinco, a bystander, filmed the entire incident and uploaded it on YouTube on Tuesday. But the post went viral only on Thursday after news channels, websites and social media picked up the video two days later.The video had garnered 10 lakh views when this article was published.
The video shows Ramkissoon kicking and punching the Uber driver. She later gets into the car and starts throwing his iPhone, mail, tickets, scissors and other possessions, littering the place before finally walking off. According to Cinco, the police arrived at the scene later and handcuffed her but didn’t arrest her as the driver didn’t press charges.
Cinco also claimed in his video description that Ramkissoon “tried kicking some of the police officers on the scene but when they put her in the police car and then she started crying, apologizing, and claiming that she would lose her medical license (she claimed to be a neurologist) if she got arrested.”
“The Uber driver was too good of a person and decided to take a cash settlement instead of pressing charges. In his words, ‘…she was crying (and) said (she) was sorry for everything,’” Cinco added.
This photo from University of Miami’s website shows their epilepsy team members. Anjali Ramkissoon was a second-year neurology resident when this picture was taken. (University of Miami)
Ramkissoon’s social media accounts vanished after news websites started using photos from her Facebook and Instagram accounts in their articles.
Jackson Health System confirmed in a statement that Ramkissoon is a fourth-year neurology resident and that an investigation is underway.
“Anjali Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident employed by Jackson Health System, has been placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, and removed from all clinical duties. Jackson has launched an internal investigation. The outcome of the investigation will determine if any disciplinary action will be taken, up to and including termination,” the statement from the hospital said.
Miami Police spokesperson Frederica Burden confirmed to local newspaper Miami Herald that the police responded to the 911 call made by witnesses and the Uber driver. But a report was not filed as the driver refused to press charges.
“We were called for a disturbance. There was no report written, and there will be no investigation,” Burden told Miami Herald.Uber suspended Ramkissoon’s rider account and also ordered an investigation into the incident.
“Uber expects everyone associated with the platform – both drivers and riders – to conduct themselves with a shared level of respect and common courtesy, and all forms of harassment and abuse are not tolerated. We have suspended the rider account of this individual as we investigate the incident,” Uber said in a statement.