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Officials back off after first blaming outsiders, extremists for Twin Cities violence


The Minnesota national guard surrounded the Capitol on Sunday. ] Jerry Holt •

After violent protesters looted and burned parts of the Twin Cities, state and local officials on Saturday blamed much of the damage on out-of-state agitators. On Sunday, they acknowledged that might not be the case.

Leaders at all levels surmised over the past few days that peaceful protests, which erupted after a black man was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, had been hijacked by outsiders and extremists.

As protests turned violent, state political leaders suggested out-of-towners, even far-right white supremacists and drug cartels, were involved in the arson, looting and other destruction. It seemed inconceivable that Minnesotans would loot and burn homegrown businesses that provide groceries, medicine and other services to their neighborhoods.


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