Attorney Dennis Francis (Photo from blog Screams from the Porch)

A Knox County judicial magistrate issued a warrant Wednesday afternoon charging Glenn D. Meyers M.D. with assaulting a protestor outside a Marsha Blackburn for U.S. Senate reception.

A video of Meyers ripping a cellphone from the hands of Sarah Herron went viral Saturday morning. Herron, who heads Indivisible East Tennessee, was part of a group of protestors standing on Market Square outside Café 4, which was hosting a breakfast for the GOP candidate.

The video shows Meyers approaching the group to complain about their criticism of the Republican’s new tax plan and noticed that Herron was videotaping the exchange. He objected, wrested Herron’s phone away and attempted to walk back into the building with it.

At the time of the incident, he was employed by Humana Insurance as southeast regional medical director (this may no longer be the case).

The warrant, signed by Chief Magistrate Christopher Rowe, orders him to have no contact with Herron or any of the witnesses. He is to be released on his own recognizance.

Herron, who sought medical treatment for a sprained thumb, is represented by attorney Dennis Francis, who accompanied her to the courthouse. He said he is perplexed by the incident.

“For the most of my life, I was under the impression that the first duty of a physician is to do no harm. I was apparently misinformed.”

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Written by Betty Bean