Truckers: Cities That Defund Police Are in for a Big Surprise
JKC Trucking, which serves several fortune 500 companies, will avoid doing business in cities that defund the police due to safety concerns, co-owner and Vice President Mike Kucharski told the Daily Caller.
“The only place that’s technically completely defunded the police is Minnesota, and so far we’re staying clear,” Kucharski said. “We’re staying clear just for the protection of the drivers.”
The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the police department June 12 after protests over the death of George Floyd, a man who died in Minneapolis after an officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. The city is shifting the budget towards a “community-based public safety model.” (RELATED: No Winners, Only Losers: Law Enforcement Officers, GOP Lawmakers Imagine What Would Happen In A World Without Police)
“When a truck driver is on the road by himself … his real support is the police,” Kucharski said. “And if you defund the police, they’re not gonna have nobody to rely on anymore.”
Transportation incidents accounted for the highest number of workplace-related deaths in 2018, and driver/sales workers and truck drivers had the highest number of workplace-related fatalities compared to any other occupation, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the factors that make truck driving even more dangerous is that a lot of drivers make deliveries early in the morning when it’s still dark, Kucharski said.
Kucharski is concerned that if someone tried to hurt one of his drivers or steal their truck, the driver would have nobody to call.
“What are we supposed to do when we’re in trouble?” he asked. “I mean… somebody wants to hijack the truck? Somebody beats up a driver? You know, hurts my driver? We’re not going to be able to help them, and we’re not going to be able to provide the backup for them to be safe.”
Kucharski said that his drivers have expressed concerns about their safety, some even refusing to go to areas that are experiencing heightened unrest. “I don’t want to put a driver in harm’s way,” he said. “Our number one priority is to keep our drivers safe.”
Cities that decide to cut their police funding could be cutting their own supply lines, too.
That was the message a trucking executive carried to “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday, and it’s something urban politicians — in the thrall of Black Lives Matter rioters and antifa anarchists — should be seriously considering unless they think citizens can start growing their own food.
Because if it’s not safe for truckers to carry goods — they just might not do it. And trucking companies won’t be willing to risk the business.
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“Our first priority is to support our drivers and their safety when they’re on the road,” Mike Kucharski, co-owner of Summit, Illinois-based JKC Trucking, told the Fox program.
“Defunding the police is a bad idea because when you’re on the road, you have — you’re for weeks and days at a time, driving 11 hours with valuable cargo, everybody wants to steal this.”
On the road, Kucharski said, “There’s no safe place. Violence is everywhere. So, if you’re going to be having valuable cargo and there’s going to be no police to rely on, who’s going to protect our drivers?
“The states that are going to defund the police, we’re not going to go to because we’re trying to avoid those states for safety reasons.”
Check out his interview below:
It’s a message Kucharski has been trying to spread far and wide.
“These drivers have the right to refuse a load because they are worried about their own safety,” Kucharski told conservative, Wisconsin-based radio host Vicki McKenna in a June 30 interview, according to a JKC Trucking news release.
“If these drivers all refuse to go into these areas, the food supply chain collapses. There’s going to be no more essential goods. The people in these states are going to run out of food. Then there’s going to be complete chaos. I’d say 72 hours and that’s it. The party’s over.”
And it isn’t just the hot spots like Minneapolis, where the self-important city council has already voted to begin the process of dismantling the police department. Or New York, where leftist Mayor Bill de Blasio and a leftist city council are apparently more interested in painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on the street than protecting actual black lives with adequate police officers.
(On Sunday, the New York Post reported the city has seen 777 shooting incidents this year — one more than in all of 2019. The incidents resulted in 942 killed or wounded victims, the Post reported.)
USA Today reported Friday that police departments across the country are having funding slashed as a result of the “defund the police” movement and the toll the coronavirus crisis has taken on local government budgets.
Well, there isn’t much a local official can do about the pandemic unleashed on the world by the deception of the Chinese Communist Party, but one thing every elected official in the United States should remember is that the first function of government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens.
If Democrats aren’t willing to do that — and Democrats are the political party we’re talking about — they have no business being in a position to make decisions. Because it might mean the supplies their citizens rely on won’t be available for purchase (much less looting).
“What are we supposed to do when we’re in trouble?” Kucharski asked the Daily Caller in an interview published Monday.
“I mean … somebody wants to hijack the truck? Somebody beats up a driver? You know, hurts my driver? We’re not going to be able to help them, and we’re not going to be able to provide the backup for them to be safe.”
His sentiments have struck a chord:
It’s an angle to the urban unrest story that’s gotten too little coverage in the mainstream media — probably because most politicians and mainstream journalists don’t think much about where the food and other goods on store shelves actually come from.
(It’s somewhat similar to how the Green New Deal crowd seems to think electricity comes from a wall socket.)
But real people driving real vehicles bring in just about everything the population of a city like Minneapolis or New York needs to survive.
If those men and women have to worry about their lives, or companies have to worry about their employees and their cargo, it’s going to complicate things more than most liberals probably want to think about.
But there’s a simple way to explain it: Cutting off police might be cutting off their own supplies, too.
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