A truck driver who drove onto the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minn. and narrowly avoided hitting rioters was released from jail without being charged with any crime on Tuesday.
Prosecutors in Hennepin County claim they are still investigating, and 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko of Otsego may face charges in the future, but as of right now, he is a free man.
“Investigators are in the process of gathering additional information and answers to aid in the charging decision,” County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement on Tuesday.
Art Loghinov, a relative of Vechirko, spoke with him and told his side of the harrowing incident that could have resulted in Vechirko being beaten senseless by the mob if he hadn’t driven through them.
Loghinov was adamant that the situation was “not his fault. … He didn’t have any intent to harm or do anything bad to anybody.”
State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said on Monday that Vechirko “panicked, and he just kept barreling forward” but did not drive through any barriers meant to protect protesters and ultimately hit nobody. He is still talking with Freeman about the possibility of charging Vechirko with crimes.
“We just want to make sure, even though no one was killed … we are certainly getting to the right charge that holds him accountable for the behaviors,” Harrington said.
Vechirko’s significant other, Liudmila, who is eight months pregnant, is pleading for assistance during Loghinov’s ordeal. She recorded a video claiming that “our credit cards are frozen since they stole his wallet, phone and all the belongings in the truck’s cabin.”
“Due to multiple requests, I am recording this video for those who care and want to help our family,” Vechirko said as translated from Russian, advertising a PayPal e-mail address that individuals could send donations toward to keep the family afloat.
Loghinov said the family is “very thankful for the people who came to rescue him and very grateful for the police,” who prevented the mob from beating Vechirko senseless after his truck finally came to a stop.
“They are not a rich family,” Loghinov said. “He is a hard worker and the only one bringing money to the family.”
Vechirko is a Russian immigrant who was just trying to make ends meet when he came into contact with the mob. Now, his life may never be the same due to his encounter with the savages in the streets.
“He’s a nice, friendly guy,” Loghinov said. “He was just going home.”
More decent, hard-working individuals will have their lives ruined by the left-wing mob before these continuous riots are said and done.
Greg Abbott Blasts Joe Biden for “Neanderthal Thinking” Remark, Says Illegal Immigrants are Exposing People in South Texas to COVID
The Biden presidency is a hot mess.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has blasted President Joe Biden for calling his lifting of statewide COVID-19 restrictions “Neanderthal thinking.”
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Thursday morning, Governor Abbott said that Biden’s “Neanderthal thinking” remark was “not the type of word that a president should be using.”
Abbott quickly added that Biden couldn’t have used that phrase “on a worse day” because of how he’s handling the illegal immigrants coming into Texas across the US-Mexico border—many of whom ostensibly have COVID and weren’t tested.
“The day he used that word, his administration has been releasing in South Texas immigrants who came across the border that they refused to test that turned out—there were more than 100 of them who had COVID,” Abbott said. “My point is this: the Biden administration has been releasing immigrants in South Texas that have been exposing Texans to COVID. Some of those people have been put on buses, taking that COVID to other states in the United States. The Biden administration must stop importing COVID into our country. That is a Neanderthal type of approach to dealing with the COVID situation.”
Governor Abbott then defended his decision to end Texas’ statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.
“These changes that we’ve seen in Texas are not really that transformative. Maybe to people in New York it seems like this is a big difference. In Texas we went from 75 percent to 100 percent occupancy. On the mask requirement, before now there actually has not been any enforcement of the mask requirement […] We continue to make wearing a mask a suggestion and we urge all Texans to wear a mask when they’re out.”
Abbott added that Texas’ last spike occurred during Christmas and New Year’s, meaning that the increased transmission occurred because of widespread travel and indoor gatherings where people weren’t wearing masks, not because of restaurants and gyms and other businesses.
On Tuesday Mississippi governor Tate Reeves followed Texas’ lead and lifted their mask mandate and other statewide COVID-19 restrictions as well.
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