DPS: Troopers slashed tires of vehicles during protests

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State officials confirmed Monday that troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol slashed tires of vehicles during protests last week over the death of George Floyd. 

In a statement, the Department of Public Safety said troopers slashed the tires so the vehicles could not be used to attack other people.  

"There were instances when State Patrol troopers strategically deflated tires to keep vehicles from being used in attacks," DPS officials said. 

Department officials also said it also allowed vehicles to be towed for evidence.