St. Louis Protester Killed While Attempting to Loot FedEx Big Rig
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St. Louis, MO – A man was killed early Saturday morning in St. Louis while attempting to loot a FedEx big rig amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.
Multiple protests occurred throughout St. Louis on Friday night and into the early morning hours on Saturday.
In fact, protesters even went so far as to block and eventually shut down all lanes of 70 West in the downtown area.
During the uprising, multiple outlets reported that some looters were targeting big rigs.
Real Stl News was on the scene of one such incident that turned deadly near Broadway Street.
An African American male suffered fatal wounds when he, along with multiple others, attempted to stop and loot a semi pulling FedEx Ground double trailers.
A Facebook LIVE video was streamed around 3 a.m. local time, showing a group of looters pulling packages from the front FedEx trailer and tossing them on the ground and to others standing nearby.
The video turned graphic as one looter became caught on the trailer as the stopped semi pulled away.
Witnesses to the incident could be heard screaming and yelling, “Somebody stop that [expletive]!” and “He (trucker) got somebody under that [expletive]!”
The man was dragged approximately five blocks to his death, witnesses claim.
The video has since been removed.
However, horrific photos of the aftermath were also posted to social media by a witness.
A separate video from another angle shows rioters jumping on the tractor and pounding on the windows as looters raided the trailer.
The trucker repeatedly sounded the rig’s airhorn as a helicopter can be seen flying overhead.
FedEx released the following statement regarding the event Saturday morning:
Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the events of this week. We are deeply saddened to learn of a tragic situation involving a demonstrator in St. Louis and one of our vehicles. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of the individual involved. There is no higher priority for FedEx than safety, and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.
Additionally, eye witnesses report a semi pulling an Amazon trailer was also raided moments before the FedEx incident.
The identities of the trucker and the victim have yet to be released by authorities.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
St. Louis is not the only city where truckers are being targeted as the nationwide riots intensify.
In fact, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz advised during a press conference early Saturday morning that protesters are attacking big rigs in the Twin Cities as well.
“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,” Walz said.
Click HERE to read more about Minneapolis.
More protests are expected in dozens of cities across the United States in the coming days.
Truckers are urged to exercise extreme caution as these situations are growing increasingly dangerous.
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