July 20, 1934

On July 20, 1934, the City of Minneapolis used its police force to quell a social disturbance. The police opened fire on striking truck drivers during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, killing two and wounding sixty-seven. If the teamsters striking had just done what the Mayor and the owners of the companies’ they worked for told them, the police wouldn’t have killed or wounded them. That’s because peacefully protesting for a living wage is such a heinous crime that it deserves having the police shoot at you. To be accurate, this wasn’t the first time that the government and business owners used the police and guns against American citizens protesting and it wouldn’t be close to the last time.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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