REPORT: Truckers Under Attack in Minneapolis, City Council Advances Plan to Replace Police
Minneapolis, MN – Reports of truckers being targeted and attacked continue to surface in cities across America amid continued widespread social tensions.
The latest came early Thursday morning when a local Minneapolis crime blotter, South Minneapolis Crime Watch & Information 3rd Precinct, posted a warning to truckers on its Facebook page.
“35th and Dight, report of group of 4 males ‘attacking trucks’ and trying to get truck drivers out of vehicles,” the post said.
A commenter to the post indicated her boyfriend, only identified as a “Caucasian,” was attacked in a nearby location the night before.
“I believe it was 17th Ave S and 41st St E, he was on his way home from work when they pulled their car out in front of him and jumped him,” Aliyah Roberts wrote. “He said there was 4 guys so I’m wondering if these are the same guys.”
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) is working to verify these claims.
It is certainly not the first time truckers have been under attack Minneapolis in recent weeks.
Following the death of George Floyd, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared rioters were wreaking havoc on tractor-trailers traveling through the area.
“They are stopping semis by blocking roads and then raiding what’s in them. This is not about George’s death. This is about chaos being caused,” he said at an early morning press conference on May 30.
Since then, the city has continued to experience a surge in violent crime even as the City Council continues pushing forward on a plan to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).
While numerous cities around the country have already taken steps to defund its local police departments and redirect those funds into community-based programs, Minneapolis is going much further by replacing its entire local law enforcement model.
On Friday, the City Council voted unanimously (12-0) to move ahead with a proposal to disband the MPD and replace it with a “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.”
According to the Ordinance, the new Department “will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”
The Department will be led by a Director who must “have non-law enforcement experience in community safety services, including but not limited to public health and/or restorative justice approaches.”
Further, the Director must be nominated by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.
Proponents are hoping to get the Ordinance on the ballot for the general election in November.
However, obstacles still remain.
The measure will next go to a policy committee and the city’s Charter Commission for a formal review.
Many trucking stakeholders are watching the developments in Minneapolis very closely as similar movements could take shape in other major metropolitan areas around the nation.
Truckers have expressed a high degree of concern about their safety if asked to operate into an area without a police presence.
In fact, based on the feedback from TNN’s social media and members-only pages, the majority of truckers say they will not go into these areas.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow new developments.