Bogdan Vechirko, a man who drove into the crowd of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters, reached an agreement with his prosecutors.
The man accused of felony threats of violence along with gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation saw his charges dropped as a result of a so-called “continuance without prosecution” agreement.
This means that the man will be put on a one-year probation period after which all charges against him would be dropped if he does not indulge in illegal behavior in the meantime.
Escaping the sentence
Just days after the death of George Floyd, BLM protesters gathered in Minneapolis, the city in which Floyd was detained and eventually died.
On May 31st, 2020, rioters blocked the streets of Minneapolis, including the Interstate 35W bridge, which Vechirko had to use to transport fuel.
Seemingly impatient with the bridge blockage, the truck driver tried to navigate through the crowd.
The protesters reacted by trying to stop the driver and throwing objects at him, obviously dissatisfied with his decision to drive through them.
Several witnesses described the event to media outlets.
One of the protesters complained to Minnesota Public Radio reporters that everyone in the crowd was peacefully sitting or kneeling on the ground when the truck tried to drive through them.
Another witness from the scene told reporters that protesters rushed and threw their bikes at the truck in an effort to stop its moving.
The witness described a moment in which members of the crowd stopped the driver and entered his truck to beat him.
Someone reportedly suggested that the protesters threw the driver over the Interstate 35W bridge.
Robbed and beaten for trying to do his job…
Vechirko suffered significant injuries from the protesters.
Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz even revealed that the truck driver was robbed of his wallet, adding that the driver’s motive to confront the crowd remained unknown.
Many commentators, particularly dissatisfied with the lack of prosecution of any crowd members, stressed that Vechirko’s behavior was entirely understandable given the situation he happened to be in.
Some of them recalled the case of Reginald Denny, a truck driver who was nearly beaten to death by rioters in Los Angeles in 1992.