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Video: Texas Park Ranger Gets Pushed Into Lake Austin

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A Texas Park Ranger hoped to educate closely packed visitors to Common Fords Park in Austin about social distancing. His efforts were not appreciated by one member of the group, who pushed the Ranger into Lake Austin.

The April 30 incident allegedly perpetrated by 25-year-old Brandon James Hick was captured on social media platforms like Snapchat and Twitter and resulted in Hick’s arrest. Hick has been charged with attempted assault on a public service worker, which is a state jail felony.

Watch the surprising video of the incident below, from a Twitter account, and be sure to let us know what you think.

Unsocial Behavior

Video: Twitter/@lost808s

Local news affiliate KXAN reported the crowd was ignoring the social distancing guidelines, but also unlawfully drinking and smoking in the park. The person who filmed the incident told the news station the Ranger had been “really sweet and understanding” as he calmly attempted to explain park rules during the COVID-19 pandemic to the group.

An affidavit released by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) noted the “City of Austin Parks Rangers are essential workers who’ve been on the front-line of the City’s response to COVID-19. They continue to work long hours educating the public on the various operational changes at parks and other PARD facilities.”

Park Ranger Cassidy Stillwell

Video: Texas Park Ranger Gets Pushed Into Lake Austin

Photo: envato elements

Gov. Greg Abbott had announced the reopening of Texas state parks May 1, but Austin city parks had remained open during the quarantine. Park rangers were on hand, though, to enforce the rules for social distancing and other mandated behaviors.

The Park Ranger, later identified as Cassidy Stillwell, was not injured in the incident. Follow-up reports on social media sources such as Reddit said Stillwell “loves his job and the environment,” and this incident “won’t deter him or his work.”