Minnesota police slashed car tires at George Floyd protests and unrest
Jun 09, 2020 at 10:03 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — Law enforcement agencies have acknowledged officers slashed the tires of numerous unoccupied vehicles parked during the height of recent unrest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“State Patrol troopers strategically deflated tires … in order to stop behaviors such as vehicles driving dangerously and at high speeds in and around protesters and law enforcement,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon said.
Deputies from Anoka County also deflated tires on vehicles during the protests connected to Floyd’s death, according to Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Knotz. Deputies were following orders from the state-led Multiagency Command Center, which was coordinating law enforcement during the protests, Knotz said.
All four tires on the car of Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres were slashed in a Kmart parking lot while he was on foot covering the protests and unrest, the newspaper reported. Other journalists from around North America also had their tires ruined. A CNN reporter was arrested live on-air during coverage of the initial unrest in Minneapolis.