Truckers Say “Don’t Go!” as Violent Crime Spikes in Major Cities Across America
Minneapolis, MN – Truckers are expressing deep concern for their safety amid widespread social tension and a surge in violent crime in major cities across America.
Since social unrest began in the wake of the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, a growing number of cities around the United States are reporting an alarming increase in violent crime.
Cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York City have each seen violent crime surge in recent weeks.
Let’s take a quick look at just how dangerous it has become.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, in the weekend following Floyd’s death, 24 people were fatally shot in Chicago.
The Windy City also saw 104 shootings and 15 people killed just over Father’s Day weekend.
In Detroit, violent crime is up 7% through June 22, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
In Los Angeles, homicides increased 250% the week following Floyd’s death, according to a report by CBS2.
NBC New York reports the homicide rate in the Big Apple has now reached a five-year high as the amount of people shot has jumped 42% compared to last year.
Minneapolis, which became the epicenter of rioting and looting in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, has also experienced a recent surge in shootings.
The local CBS affiliate indicates the city has seen 1,600 reports of gunfire in the last 30 days.
Undeterred by the uptick, the Minneapolis City Council on Friday advanced a proposal to dismantle and replace the Minneapolis Police Department.
A dangerous dynamic is also playing out right now in the city of Atlanta.
Hundreds of Atlanta Police officers have called out sick since Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard took only five days before charging two officers in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.
Former officer Garrett Rolfe faces 11 charges, including felony murder, while officer Devin Brosnan faces four charges.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police officers began calling out sick in protest.
Many of them were assigned to Zone 5, which covers most of downtown Atlanta.
Recorded incidents of violent crime in Atlanta has dropped in recent weeks, but experts say it is not because violent crime is actually down.
Police are simply not responding to the calls, experts say.
Truckers say “don’t go!”
Amid the crime wave, truckers are still being called upon to service these areas even as a growing number of cities have already moved to redirect funds from its police departments into community-based programs.
Making matters worse, reports of truckers coming under attack continue to surface.
The latest came out of Minneapolis in the last few days.
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Just in the last month, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has brought you the accounts of truckers who were attacked in cities such as L.A. and St. Louis.
Moreover, protesters continue to stage demonstrations on interstates and highways, causing yet another layer of danger and risk for America’s professional truck drivers.
Add it all together and truckers are growing increasingly frustrated and angry.
It’s leading many to express their outrage on TNN’s social media and members-only pages.
Here are just a few of the responses we received after the latest report of truckers being targeted in Minneapolis:
Why are y’all running loads to them? Is the money more important than getting attacked? Refuse loads to them. Let them burn their city down. Don’t deliver sh-t to them. -Eric Klein
Quit delivering to the whole state. DUHH. -Michael Dean Gochanour
Stop going… simple as that. -Nick Hernandez
Every truck driver should refuse to cross that States border for a minimum of 1 month, and longer if necessary. -Russ Raichart
I’m a trucker and I WILL NOT go to Minneapolis! -TJ Wright
You can’t be under attack if you don’t go there. It’s a pretty simple solution. -Michael Hildebrand
Stupidity …. absolute stupidity. No Police ….. No deliveries COMING VERY SOON! -Sharon Puffer
Don’t deliver to that entire area. Truckers have to make a stand. I refuse to take a load in. -Denas Arnold
Don’t go there!! -Catherine Crum
We could include hundreds more, but you get the point.
Stakeholders are also keeping a “watchful eye” on these cities.
Despite the fact most trucking trade associations have been quiet on the growing dangers truckers are facing, many industry stakeholders have told TNN in recent weeks that they are watching these cities closely.
Dan Doran, a 40-year trucking company owner and 2018 chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), recently told TNN that many of the leaders of these cities don’t realize what they are asking for by calling for defunding and/or dismantling police departments.
“Everybody has a watchful eye on all these locations and all it’s going to take is just one instance for people to say, ‘No we’re not going there,’ or ‘We’ll take the load, but we’ll deliver to a warehouse 30 miles outside the area,’” Doran said.
If the trucking industry does begin to shy away from delivering to some of these areas, it will undoubtedly create a ripple effect most residents of these cities have likely never contemplated before.
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