On Wednesday, the owner of an Illinois trucking company appeared on a popular cable news show to talk about steps that he is taking to keep his employees safe.
On Wednesday morning, Chigago-based JKC Trucking co-owner Mike Kucharski appeared on “Fox and Friends First” to talk about a company policy to direct truck drivers to avoid picking up or delivering loads to cities that are pushing to defund or disband police departments.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a growing number of cities are pushing to defund or disband police departments.
“Our first priority is to support our drivers and their safety when they are on the road,” Kucharski explained.
Kucharski points to the fact that truckers haul valuable goods and says that when you’re out on the road, “there’s no safe place” for drivers to go. Without police to protect drivers, he says it’s just too dangerous.
The Fox and Friends First segment highlighted a CDLLife poll that found that 79% of respondents said they would refuse loads to cities with disbanded or defunded police departments.
Kucharski admits that the impact of refusing to deliver to certain cities could have a major impact on his business.
When asked if he had a message for the trucking community, Kucharski said:
“Defunding the police is not the solution. We all have to work together with critical thinking and find a solution. The problem, during this time of crisis, is that the government has been behind the steering wheel. It’s time for small businesses to take over the steering wheel and make the right decisions, to sit down with the politicians. I welcome the politicians to sit down with us so we can educate them on what is best for the economy and small businesses. Last time I checked small businesses were the backbone of America.”
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“If they Defund the Police in Minneapolis, JKC trucks won’t go there.” -Meet the owner of a trucking company who refuses to put his drivers at risk and says he won’t do business in cities that defund police.https://t.co/F1bpWkuV6N
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) August 5, 2020