September 27, 2021



A GOP prosecutor has threatened to charge truck drivers with felonies if they shut down a Cincinnati, Ohio, highway in protest of employer vaccine mandates.

Hamilton Co. Prosecutor Joseph Deters was unusually stern in his warning, especially given that Black Lives Matter activists shut down highways nationwide last year, the majority of whom were never charged with a misdemeanor, much less a felony.

“I want to be perfectly clear. Anyone who attempts to shut down the highways in Hamilton County will be removed from their vehicles, charged with felony Disrupting Public Services, and they will go to jail,” Deters stated. “To those who claim to be supportive of law enforcement – law enforcement is not with you. This would pose a serious danger for our first responders and the community at large.”

The statement appeared on the prosecutor’s web site on Saturday.

No such statement exists from May 2020 when BLM protesters shut down Interstate 75, although Deters did speak out against “looting and rioting” that happened during associated protests.

Deters’ office prosecuted at least 14 protesters in connection to those protests, although, according to a news article, none of them were charged in connection to shutting down a highway.

In those instances, the charges revolved around vandalism and assaulting police officers.

It’s curious as to why Deters’ office didn’t seem as concerned about highway shutdowns during BLM protests.

Even if his hands were tied politically, Deters could have still issued a warning against protesters walking on highways to block traffic.