Bogdan Vechirko, 36, had been charged with felony threats of violence and criminal vehicular operation over the incident. But on Friday, his attorneys reached a deal for both those charges to be dropped, as long as Mr Vechirko pays restitution, attends three sentencing circles, and doesn’t break any laws for the next year.
The deal, termed “continuance without prosecution,” may come as a shock to anyone who witnessed the horrifying incident. On 31 May, 2020, thousands of people gathered on the Interstate 35W bridge to protest the police killing of Mr Floyd, which had happened just days earlier. As the protesters marched, Mr Vechirko’s 18-wheeler came barreling down the bridge, sending demonstrators leaping out of the way.