Truck Driver who almost smashed the protesters at George Floyd rally is now charged
A truck driver who endangered dozens of activists in Minneapolis faced two criminal charges in late May.
Video footage of the incident shows 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko of Otsego driving into a crowd of protesters at the rally. According to official information, only one protester received injuries in the form of abrasions, who jumped from the tractor.
On May 31st, several thousand people gathered at the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River following the death of convicted criminal George Floyd. CCTV cameras show the truck approaching the crowd at high speed, but no collision occurs as the crowd disperses upon seeing the truck.
When people blocked the path of the tractor, Vechirko came to a complete stop and the truck was attacked by dozens of angry activists.
“Hennepin County prosecutors charged Bogdan Vechirko, of Otsego, with making threats of violence, a felony, and criminal vehicular operation, a gross misdemeanor,” the Star Tribune reported.
It is currently unknown whether the rally was sanctioned by the local authorities, and whether a bypass route was created for drivers unaware of the protesters' blockage.
The driver says that he did not know about the blocking of the road and was not going to harm anyone, so he was driving the usual route.