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Officers slashed tires on vehicles parked amid Minneapolis protests, unrest

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I saw this mentioned before,the cops did slash tires.

State Patrol and Anoka County deputies acknowledged targeting vehicles. Dozens were damaged.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune
June 8, 2020 — 3:31pm
Two law enforcement agencies acknowledged Monday that officers patrolling Minneapolis during the height of recent protests knifed the tires of numerous vehicles parked and unoccupied in at least two locations in the midst of the unrest.
Video and photo images posted on the news outlet Mother Jones show officers in military-style uniforms puncturing tires in the Kmart parking lot at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue on May 30.
Images from S. Washington Avenue at Interstate 35W, also showed officers with knives deflating the tires of two unoccupied cars with repeated jabs on May 31. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon confirmed that tires were cut in "a few locations."
"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," Gordon said.
Gordon said the patrol also targeted vehicles "that contained items used to cause harm during violent protests" such as rocks, concrete and sticks.
"While not a typical tactic, vehicles were being used as dangerous weapons and inhibited our ability to clear areas and keep areas safe where violent protests were occurring," he said. As in all operations of this size, there will be a review about how these decisions were made."
Deputies from Anoka County followed state orders and joined the patrol and also cut the tires on vehicles on Washington Avenue, said Anoka County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Knotz.
Knotz said the deputies got their directions from the state-led Multiagency Command Center [MACC], which was coordinating law enforcement during the protests connected to the death on May 25 of George Floyd.
Towing the vehicles was not an option, Knotz said, because "you could not get any tow trucks in there" because of the mass of people in the area.
Val Ebertz, who was at the protests, witnessed police slashing tires in the Kmart parking lot at the intersection of Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in the midst of protests on May 30.
She added these were the same officers who "were tear-gassing and shooting us with rubber bullets to try to push us farther back into the Kmart parking lot."
Kyla Cook was with Ebertz and said "all of us were in shock" when she and others in the Kmart lot saw one member from a line of officers in riot gear knife the tires of an unattended pickup truck.
Among the vehicle owners whose tires were damaged was Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres, who was covering the protests the night of May 30 and returned to the Kmart lot about 1 a.m. and saw his car was among a few dozen with flattened tires.
"As far as I could see, it looked like all their tires had been slashed," Serres said.
Los Angeles documentary and television producer Andrew Kimmel said his tires were similarly slashed while parked in the Kmart lot. His video of the damage on Twitter has been viewed more than 1.25 million times as of Monday afternoon.
"It was every single car that was in the parking lot," said Kimmel, who has covered more than 100 protests in the pas several years and added, "I've never seen the tire slashing before, particularly in a parking lot."
Spokesmen for the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the National Guard said their personnel were not the ones shown damaging tires in the videos and photos that are making the rounds on social media.
 

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I can’t remember who it was but someone couldn’t believe it when I said this was happening. “Strategically deflating tires” that’s a new one on me. 

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I'm I read about a third of that. What's the beef.

 

Its called tactics.

 

I'm not a cop, not suprised creative solutions were considered and in some cases carried out.

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This doesn’t bother me in the least. To be honest It made me chuckle. 

Very lowtech and effective tactic to slow down the riot/looting. 

 

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2 mins ago, aae0130 said:

This doesn’t bother me in the least. To be honest It made me chuckle. 

 

Par for the course.

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5 hours ago, slowroller said:

I can’t remember who it was but someone couldn’t believe it when I said this was happening. “Strategically deflating tires” that’s a new one on me. 

 

That was me.  I thought the claim was that they were slashing tires out of spite.  Didn't believe it then, don't believe it now.

 

But supposedly they were slashing tires to disable vehicles that couldn't be towed, that they thought could/would be used as weapons against them?  Good shoot.  I'm all for it.

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The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law."The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states.

 

I believe in due process,the cops were wrong on this.Maybe they could have tried writing tickets, for something,but, then, they would have had to go to court and testify.Testify to what?

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16 hours ago, Jetty Jumper said:

State Patrol troopers strategically deflated tires

Actually, that's tactical deflation. Learn English, statists! 

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I don't condone it, but can understand it.

Special times calls for special tactics.

Besides, it helps deter troublemakers from coming into an area from the outside to cause trouble.

Rioters need to now adapt, and park in a more remote, hidden location, and have better exfil plans to get there without being seen.

I imagine KMart corp isn't happy with the cops slicing tires in their lot.

 

I think the tradeoff is almost fair...you come here to cause trouble, well, you might get some trouble you weren't counting on.

Did the sliced tire victims call the cops to report the crime?

Why, or why not?

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I'd be so radicalized if a riot popped up near where I'm parked and the police did that to me.  I'd be...sneaking pictures squatting behind their empty K9 truck.  Heinie heads.

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