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Park Ranger shoved into a lake while explaining social distancing to group of people


Joseph Wilkinson

New York Daily News

He really put a damper on things.

A Texas man pushed a park ranger into a lake while the ranger was reminding people to practice social distancing Thursday. The incident was captured on video.

“Disperse yourselves, so you’re engaging with that six feet of distance with each other,” the ranger, later identified as Cassidy Stillwell, can be heard saying before being shoved into Lake Austin.

Brandon Hicks, 25, was arrested for the shove, NBC News reported. He’s been charged with attempted assault on a public servant. Apparently his escape attempt briefly seen at the end of the video did not end triumphantly.

The cops were rather perturbed.

“Brandon’s intentional and reckless action could have caused the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in at least 3 feet of water where he could have drowned to death,” police wrote in an arrest affidavit obtained by local NBC affiliate KXAN.

Texas has begun “reopening” after coronavirus lockdown, but state parks like the one Stillwell was working at were never closed in the first place.


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  1. 🤣🤣🤣 Park Rangers are the equivalent of John Candy security at Wally World. Watch National Lampoon’s Vacation.


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