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A group of truckers block part of the North Loop near Gellhorn in a protest of some sort Monday, April 20, 2020.

A group of truckers block part of the North Loop near Gellhorn in a protest of some sort Monday, April 20, 2020.

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

A group of truckers block part of the North Loop near Gellhorn in a protest of some sort Monday, April 20, 2020.

A group of truckers block part of the North Loop near Gellhorn in a protest of some sort Monday, April 20, 2020.

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

Houston police investigating protesting truckers’ wage theft claims

Houston police are opening an investigation into allegations that trucking brokers were stealing wages from drivers, an accusation that sparked a traffic-inducing protest Monday along the East Loop.

Nearly 70 independent truck drivers parked their rigs in the East Loop southbound lanes near Gellhorn in protest, claiming that brokers who are tasked with coordinating shipments and paying drivers were holding out on wages. All of the truckers involved in the demonstration were cited, and one woman was charged with starting the demonstration.

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Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, after lecturing the drivers for the stunt, said his department will investigate the wage theft claims.

“Theft of wages is inexcusable and a criminal offense,” Acevedo tweeted announcing the investigation. “We won’t tolerate exploitation of hard working people, or unlawfully impeding the movement of traffic.”

The demonstration snarled traffic but brought an onslaught of looky-loos and supporters, who waved and cheered as police ushered the trucks off the highway.

Jay R. Jordan covers breaking news in the Houston area. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @JayRJordan | Email him at [email protected]





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