Bogdan Vechirko Wiki – Bogdan Vechirko Bio
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 protester was injured. The crowds on the road suddenly split up and a giant tanker truck drove down the road. The truck drove into the crowd, but was already separated. Protesters 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 climbed on top of it and pulled him out the door, where he was surrounded, and chaos ensued. The police finally pulled Vechirko out of the crowd. DPS Commissioner John Harrington told CBS Minnesota that 5,000 to 6,000 people were on the bridge when the truck arrived. The interstate was closed. “It was one of the most dangerous things I’ve ever seen,” Harrington said, according to the television station.
Bogdan Vechirko Arrest & Charge
Records from the Hennepin County Jail show that Bogdan Vechirko is 35 years old and was arrested at 8:58 p.m. 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 record of jail reservations: 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.