Big Rig Mobbed in Downtown Streets of Minneapolis Following Chauvin Verdict
Minneapolis, MN – A big rig was mobbed in the streets of downtown Minneapolis following the announcement of the verdicts in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.
On Tuesday, a Hennepin County jury returned guilty verdicts against Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd last May.
Chauvin was found guilty on charges of second and third degree murder along with second degree manslaughter.
Thousands gathered in the streets near the Hennepin County Courthouse as the verdicts were read.
Following the announcement, video journalists on the scene captured an incident involving a big rig at the intersection of South 7th Street and S 3rd Ave.
WATCH the incident from two angles below.
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Video of the incident shows a 10 Roads tractor-trailer — a company that hauls U.S. mail — approaching the intersection and attempting to make a left-hand turn.
The driver, who appears to be a female, comes to a stop before sounding the air horn.
People then surround the big rig and begin yelling at the driver with numerous people pounding on the driver and passenger side window and door.
The truck driver partially rolls down the window to communicate with the crowd, but quickly attempts to roll it back up as a man grabs the window to hold it open.
Another man then climbs onto the hood of the tractor and stands over the female driver.
An onlooker can be heard taunting her.
“Yeah b-tch! Yeah b-tch!” he shouts as the man continues standing on the hood of the truck.
The truck driver then abruptly puts the rig in reverse causing the man on the hood to lose his balance and jump off.
The onlooking crowd again reacts angrily.
The man who was on the hood then quickly climbs onto the driver’s side step and gets in the face of the truck driver once more as the window remains partially open.
At about the same time, another individual is seen disconnecting the glad hand air line.
After a few moments the truck driver begins to accelerate forward again as the man in her face continues to hold on.
The truck driver sounds the horn again as she continues on.
Eventually the man jumps off of the rig as it travels down the roadway and away from the crowd.
It is unclear what occurred following this incident.
Given its recent history, the Twin Cities is an area truckers should be very cautious when operating in and through.
In the hours following the death of George Floyd, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said multiple big rigs were attacked and raided.
Then, we all remember what transpired when semi-tanker driver Bogdan Vechirko unintentionally drove into a group of thousands of protesters along Interstate 35 in Minneapolis.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor this situation and others like it that may arise throughout the coming hours and days.