A Texas cardiologist claimed his daughter and her boyfriend were attacked by Black Lives Matter protesters in Baltimore — but the young couple told cops they were actually accosted by young squeegee washers, bodycam footage shows.
Dr. Andrea Natale, executive director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, took to Twitter Sunday claiming his daughter called him in tears, saying she was driving in Baltimore when her car was targeted by a “group of BLM,” according to a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet.
“It was damaged & and her BF was beaten,” Natale’s tweet continued. “She filmed it & called the police but they cannot do anything bc they are African American. Is this the America we want?”
The doctor’s tweet went viral, racking up nearly 50,000 retweets or likes before he took it down and later deleted his account, according to the Baltimore Sun, which late Tuesday obtained police bodycam video of officers responding to the scene.
The footage shows Natale’s daughter, who appeared to be shaken up, telling an officer that a “kid” approached her car at an intersection and tried to wipe her windshield before she “very politely” said no.
“And then they started yelling at us,” Natale’s daughter said.
Natale’s daughter’s boyfriend told an officer that the squeegee kid hit her car with one of his windshield wipers twice, prompting him to hop out of the car, footage shows.
“I got out of the car, three guys surrounded me,” the man said. “And I said, ‘Stop, I will defend myself. I do have a knife on me.’ And the other guy pulled out his knife and was like, ‘I got a f–king knife, too.’”
The man said he managed to scare off the squeegee boys without any physical contact between them before they started throwing rocks or coins at his girlfriend’s car, damaging a side mirror.
The man then asked the cop what could be done about the squeegee kids, the Baltimore Sun reports.
“To be honest, the city doesn’t want us to engage with squeegee kids,” the officer replied while acknowledging it was illegal for them to be in the street.
The officer, who told the pair to contact City Hall, never cited the race of the teens as the reason his hands were tied, but rather because it was a misdemeanor that he didn’t witness, the newspaper reports.
In a statement later issued by his employer, Natale apologized for his tweet and mischaracterization of the incident.
“I was worried about my daughter, and I jumped to a conclusion based on the information I had at the time,” the statement read. “I’ve dedicated my entire professional career to healing people from all backgrounds, and I regret that my words created hurt and pain. It was not my intention.”
Natale, whose bio identifies him as a world-renowned cardiologist, was still in his role as executive medical director of the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute as of Wednesday, a spokesperson told The Post.