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.
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.