Because if that doesn’t say strange nobody could be sure what actually does. According to reports published Tuesday, officers and the police department apparently both collectively felt that protesters in the area would “without a doubt use their vehicles aggressively” so the idea to slash tires came to be.
The problem is that that alone now sets the police department up for quite a problem as many of those slashings were likely caught on camera. Mother Jones was among the first to publish videos of police and state troopers slashing tires in a K-Mart parking lot on May 30, a similar instance occurred the very next day.
Now the Department of Public Safety has acknowledged that it has happened likely setting itself up for a serious of very real lawsuits.
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. … 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.”