BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Newly obtained reports indicate Dr. Shane McKinney is accused of another incident dating back to July.
According to the report LSU PD officers responded to West Lakeshore Dr. in reference to a potential battery. A woman described a white male later identified as Shane McKinney hit her with his left shoulder while running past her on the sidewalk near greek row.
The woman’s friend gave a similar story of the incident, the victim stated she wanted to pursue charges against McKinney.
We attempted to contact the District Attorney’s Office to confirm whether or not McKinney had been charged for the incident but couldn’t get an answer.
ORIGINAL: Baton Rouge Police has arrested the man they believe assaulted a Southern University student-athlete near LSU Lakes.
Shane McKinney, 54, was arrested and charged with simple battery.
According to BRPD, the man allegedly verbally and physically attacked a Southern University female athlete while running the lakes near LSU. Southern University released a statement saying they believe the incident was racially motivated.
McKinney is a pediatric physician at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
Eugene Collins with the NAACP of Baton Rouge is calling on BRPD to label the incident a hate crime.
“There is no other term to call this, this is a hate crime and it should be handled as such,” Collins said.
Collins said it’s hard to believe McKinney wasn’t also committing malpractice.
“It’s hard to not think that someone who punched a young lady in the chest while jogging and called her a racial slur never let his racial bias affect how he practiced with his patients,” Collins said.
The hospital released a statement on Wednesday afternoon before McKinney’s arrest:
“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. We have placed the physician on administrative leave pending a thorough internal investigation. Based on the outcome of our investigation, we may consider further action. We place the well-being of our patients, teams and community at the forefront of everything we do.“
McKinney has been placed on administrative leave.