For the attorney general to enforce the rule of law as it regards to interstate commerce.
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For the Attorney General to enforce The Hobbs Act, 18 U.S. Code § 1951. Interference with commerce by threats or violence
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, truck driver Bogdan Vechirko’s truck encountered protesters on the Interstate 35 West Bridge in Minnesota. When the truck came to a stop, protesters began beating him. Bystanders and police quickly intervened and Vechirko was taken into custody. Vechirko suffered cuts to his face, and his wallet and phone were stolen from his truck.
The highway was scheduled to be barricaded and closed off to traffic; however, it wasn’t — allowing multiple vehicles, including Vechirko’s truck, to enter the road way. Vechriko was released from custody on Tuesday, June 2, 2020; however, authorities are still investigating the incident and possible charges may still be brought against him. Vechriko refused to press charges against his assailants, yet as of 2 p.m. on June 8, 2020, a total of 27,326 people have signed an online petition called “Charge and Convict the Semi Truck Driver” asking Minnesota authorities to bring up charges against Bogdan Vechirko.
The protestors knew that by blocking the interstate without it being barricaded and blocked off that they were at risk of being run over by vehicles, yet they proceeded anyway. This is where the Implied assumption of risk occurred by the protestors.
Mr. Vechirko was simply doing his job like every professional truck driver out there and he does not deserve to have charges brought against him. The fact that he refuses to press charges against those protestors that robbed and assaulted him speaks volumes about his character. Why punish an innocent man for just doing his job?
Those individuals that blocked the interstate were in violation of The Hobbs Act, 18 U.S. Code § 1951. Interference with commerce by threats or violence; which reads:
(a) 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 shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
(b) As used in this section—
(1) The term “robbery” means the unlawful taking or obtaining of personal property from the person or in the presence of another, against his will, by means of actual or threatened force, or violence, or fear of injury, immediate or future, to his person or property, or property in his custody or possession, or the person or property of a relative or member of his family or of anyone in his company at the time of the taking or obtaining.
(2) The term “extortion” means the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.
(3) The term “commerce” means commerce within the District of Columbia, or any Territory or Possession of the United States; all commerce between any point in a State, Territory, Possession, or the District of Columbia and any point outside thereof; all commerce between points within the same State through any place outside such State; and all other commerce over which the United States has jurisdiction.
The protestors were also in violation of The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Their actions proved that they were not peacefully protesting.
We The People, demand that the Hennepin CountyMinnesota Prosecuting Attorney and the FBI prosecute the protesters for committing robbery and interfering with commerce as defined in The Hobbs Act, and for violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution by not protesting peacefully.
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