Trucking Group Calls for DOJ to Arrest and Prosecute Those Interfering with Big Rigs
Washington D.C. – A trucking group is now calling on the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to arrest and prosecute anyone who interferes with interstate commerce.
In an email sent to Attorney General Bill Barr on Saturday, June 6, James Lamb, president of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) urged the DOJ to take action against those who have committed acts of aggression towards big rigs and truck drivers amid the ongoing nationwide protests.
“You have now experienced riots like this twice, in the 90’s and now again in 2020,” Lamb writes. “You saw an attack on trucker Reginald Denny then, and an attack on trucker Bogdan Vechirko now.”
Minnesota authorities announced last week that no one who physically assaulted Vechirko after he drove his semi-tanker into a crowd of approximately 5,000 protesters along Interstate 35 will face charges.
In addition to the Minneapolis bridge incident, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has reported on big rigs being targeted by rioters and looters in cities such as Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Los Angeles.
“To deter and prevent these riots from ever happening to America again, it is time for arrests, prosecution, and 20 year sentences under 18 U.S.C. § 1951: Interference with commerce by threats or violence,” Lamb asserts.
Lamb makes reference to the Hobbs Act: 18 U.S. Code § 1951, which makes a crime punishable by a fine or imprisonment not more than twenty years, or both:
Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section…
He tells TNN, “There are 3.5 million men and women who are now in danger because authorities have lost control of cities across the USA. The protests have been hijacked by radical domestic terrorists.”
Lamb also argues if the DOJ and other local and state law enforcement officials do not bring “swift, certain, and severe” justice in these instances, the problem will likely only worsen which will lead to truckers choosing not to deliver to unsafe areas.
“There is not going to be any food in the stores and then the real riots and crime wave will begin,” he said. “So if you think you are safe in the suburbs while this goes on, think again. It is only a matter of time before this Communist revolution is literally at your front door. This is an insurrection that needs to be confronted with overwhelming force.”
Trucking industry groups as well as leaders at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have been largely quiet about the reports of rioters targeting tractor-trailers.
However, in an interview with Politico last week, USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao quickly condemned the violence and destruction that has arisen from the widespread social upheaval.
“We are divided in so many different ways, but violence is not the answer,” Chao said. “The looters and the rioters do violence to the memory of George Floyd.”
Still, Sec. Chao did not mention the disturbing reports of rioters targeting truckers and big rigs.
Read more of what Sec. Chao had to say HERE.