Bogdan Vechirko Biography, Bogdan Vechirko Wiki
Bogdan Vechirko has been named as the truck driver accused of driving a tanker truck through a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the I-35W bridge. No protesters were injured.
The crowds in the road parted suddenly and a giant tanker truck drove down the road. The truck drove toward the crowd but it had already parted. Protesters then surrounded the truck.
“Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck. #MACCMN,” the Minnesota Department of Public Safety wrote on Twitter.
BREAKING: Tanker truck plows into crowd of demonstrators on Minneapolis highway. Protesters scrambled as truck battled toward them. pic.twitter.com/Q5cTF9AGB2
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 31, 2020
Protesters then chased the man’s truck down the street, eventually climbing on it and yanking him out the door, where he was surrounded, and chaos ensued.
Police eventually got Vechirko out of the crowd. DPS Commissioner John Harrington told CBS Minnesota that about 5,000 to 6,000 people were on the bridge when the truck came through. The interstate was closed. “It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen,” Harrington said, according to the television station.
According to KTSP, Vechirko is an independent contractor who was working for Ken Advantage, a trucking company.
“Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the events of this past week,” read part of a statement issued by the company, according to the television station, which added that the company is cooperating “fully with the investigation.”
Neoliberalism is thinking that the answer to racism, inequality, injustice and despair is “progressive prosecutor” Kamala Harris as VP.
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) May 31, 2020
Arrested and Charges
Jail records for Hennepin County show that Bogdan Vechirko is 35 years old and was taken into custody at 8:58 p.m. on May 31. His address is given as Otsego, Minnesota. Campaign finance records, which you can see later in this article, show that he has donated money to support Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee. Here’s his jail booking record:
Vechirko is being held without bail and was arrested for assault. KTSP-TV reported that authorities had confirmed that Vechirko was the trucker in question.
Authorities announced: “The Minnesota State Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are jointly investigating what happened with the semi that drove into demonstrators tonight on I-35W. The incident is being investigated as a criminal matter. We will share more when we have it.”
Bogdan Vechirko of Minnesota gave $100 to the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee.” He was listed as not employed. The donation came in October 2019. That’s according to federal campaign finance donation information. According to Trump’s campaign donation page, “Trump Make America Great Again Committee…is a joint fundraising committee composed of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee.”
The FEC site also says that Vechirko twice donated to the Republican National Committee in 2018, in the amounts of $115 and $100.
The protest he’s accused of driving through was in memory of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who died after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him with a knee to the neck. That officer, Derek Chauvin has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; three other officers at the scene have also lost their jobs. Protests and riots subsequently broke out in Minneapolis and throughout the country.
Breaking News: At a Minneapolis protest a man in the semi truck plowed thru the crowd.
The protesters got the guy out of the truck & jumped him.
Police maced the crowd & got the driver.
It is believed the driver is in police custody.#minneapolisriots pic.twitter.com/a95gCfp5Q2
— ~Marietta (@_MariettaDavis) May 31, 2020