Robberies of cabs draw attention to cabdrivers' safety

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Police released Friday surveillance photos of the suspects who robbed a cabdriver in north Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said.

The suspects were armed. Police only managed to get photos of one of the suspects, "described as a dark-complected black man, clean-shaven...wearing a black baseball cap," according to the Star Tribune. Police only have a few descriptions of the other suspect, Sgt. Stephen McCarthy told the Star Tribune.

The two men robbed the Yellow Cab driver Tekle Misgina, 41, of St. Paul inside his cab on March 18. "They drove the taxi about a half-block before fleeing on foot with cash and the driver's wallet and cellphone," the Star Tribune said.

Another Yellow Cab driver William Harper was shot to death on March 14, four days before the robbery on March 18, in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune said. According to Fox 9 News, cabdrivers have been calling for more protection after the fatal shoot.

Gary Schiff, a Minneapolis City Council member told Fox 9 News in-cab cameras, bullet-proof glass or a GPS tracking system were not enough to stop these crimes. He said it should be required by law for cabs to install either bullet-proof shields or cameras.

"When you look at the cost of a human life, I think we need to protect the driver," Schiff told Fox 9 News.

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