Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 Statement on Third Violent Attack of a Cab Driver

Cab Drivers United/AFSCME issued the following statement after the third violent attack of a cab driver in three month’s time.

“The stabbing and attempted robbery of a Chicago cab driver last night reminds us all of the almost constant danger cab drivers put themselves in everyday when they go to work. Chicago's cab drivers serve every corner of our City and their visibility allows them to serve residents and visitors. At the same time, it makes easy targets.

Following the brutal murders of Seneca Richardson in February and Chinedu Madu in January, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 held safety trainings for Chicago cab drivers to help educate themselves on safety procedures, as well as their rights should they find themselves the victim of violent crime.

We once again call on the City of Chicago to address the violence against cab drivers immediately.

A simple preventative measure such as a silent alarm linked to GPS, that would dispatch the nearest CPD squad car, would give Chicago’s cab drivers the backup they need should they be placed in a dangerous situation with a potentially violent passenger.

The City needs to act to alleviate the serious safety issues that plague the men and women who keep Chicago moving, transporting millions of residents and visitors safely and professionally.”