Relatives of the man who was killed during the looting of a Fed-Ex truck are saying Fed-Ex along with the police are responsible for the man’s death.
According to our earlier reporting, a peaceful protest took a deadly turn as protesters blocked a St. Louis intersection by setting fires blocking Traffic. A Fed-Ex truck driver pulling doubles was stopped by protesters early this morning. The man was later identified as 29 year-old Barry Perkins, was caught in the dolly between the two trailers and killed. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 44 year-old trucker had been rerouted from Interstate 44, which was shut down by another set of protests. He was stopped again as he encountered another group of protesters who began looting and removing packages from the first trailer.
Videos posted online show what happen next with the driver pulling away through the blocked traffic when the protesters began banging on the truck with firearms, and unknowingly dragged a protester nearly 5-blocks before stopping. The protester was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Perkins family, though their hired representation say that Perkins was not looting, but rather peacefully protesting the in-custody death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis resident who’s murder by a police officer sparked nationwide protests. According to reporting by the AP, the family’s statement disputes accounts that guns were pointed at the driver. The statement said people were pleading for the driver to stop dragging Perkins. According to local reporting by FOX2, demonstrators at the event told the news station that they did notice people with guns among the protesters.
“The entire Nation was aware of protests demanding justice for the death of Mr. Floyd,” the statement said. “There is no justification for running over a human being with a semi-truck.”
Fed-Ex released a statement earlier in the week: “Our hearts go out to all those who are grieving the events of this week. We are deeply saddened to learn of a tragic situation involving a demonstrator in St. Louis and one of our vehicles. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of the individual involved. There is no higher priority for FedEx than safety, and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”
The family’s lawfirm, the Witherspoon Law Group “handles a wide range of complex civil litigation involving plane crashes, motor vehicle and trucking accidents,” according to their website.
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