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Letter carriers raise alarm over assaults, call for protections

Letter carriers rallied Sunday outside the downtown Minneapolis Post Office to raise awareness and call for on-the-job safety for their ranks.

Once rare, violent attacks on letter carriers have spiked in recent years with more than 2,000 nationally since 2020, said leaders of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Letter carriers in Detroit, Phoenix, Cincinnati and other cities have rallied with a similar message in recent months, according to media reports.

"Since the Postal Service was founded nearly 250 years ago, letter carriers in uniform have been able to walk down the meanest streets of this country without incident," NALC President Brian Renfroe told more than 60 people who had turned out in below-freezing weather. "Nobody messed with us, remember that? That's no longer the case."


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