INTERVIEW: Hero Who Saved Truck Driver From Mob On 35W Bridge Speaks Out

Miles Kipper helped save the life of a man who he believed had tried to kill him just moments earlier in an act of heroism amidst a week of violence in Minneapolis.

Miles Kipper
Miles Kipper

On May 29, a crowd of people protesting against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police found themselves face to face with a speeding semi on 35W, a major highway in the Twin Cities.

Although it has since been determined that a man who drove a tanker truck into a group of protestors who were occupying the highway did so by accident, this was not readily apparent at the time. In the confusion and intensity of that chaotic moment on a highway overpass, the group of protestors turned into a vengeful mob and dragged the driver from his semi.

Fearing that the driver was about to be killed, Miles Kipper sprung into action. Kipper has been both documenting the goings on of Minneapolis and protesting since Floyd’s death. Along with a small group of fellow protestors, Kipper kept the truck driver safe until police arrived to whisk him away. Remarkably, Kipper chose to help the truck driver even as he believed that the driver had just attempted to kill his fellow protestors.

Alpha News interviewed Kipper who shared his heroic account of May 29 along with his the impression that he took away from the scene:

Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.