Instigators found to disrupt peaceful demonstrations

Some protesters have been accused of attempting to incite violence and loot stores with the intention of putting the blame on those marching for justice.
3:08 | 05/31/20

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Whit, now back to a night of growing protests across the United States. Here in Minneapolis, where the incident that sparked this rage happened, the Minnesota national Guard was in place overnight to meet protesters. ABC's Alex Perez is also here in Minneapolis with me. Alex, good morning to you. Reporter: Hey, Eva, take a look at the scope of the damage here. It's not an exaggeration to say some parts of Minneapolis right now look like a war zone. Now, unlike nights before last night authorities showed up with a full force, a massive force of manpower, they confronted protesters and arrested them. Overnight, clashes erupting on the streets of Minneapolis. Police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. Violating the city's curfew. Met with the full force of the state's National Guard. For the first time in 164 years, Minnesota's governor mobilizing record force. The state capital surrounded by heavily armed guardsmen. Local law enforcement announcing they've been intercepting communications from extremist groups they believe are organizing protests using peaceful demonstrations as cover to cause deliberate mayhem. You have somebody who will go forward and break a window, or try to start a fire or something, then run back behind the people who are trying to peacefully protest. Use them essentially as human shields. Reporter: The Minneapolis mayor calling it domestic terrorism. There are so many outside influences that are using peaceful community protesters as prey. Reporter: Officials asking everyone to stay home so they can better separate the peaceful protesters from the agitators. As this heartbroken community is desperately trying to pick up the pieces. These people are tearing up our livelihood. This is the only place I can go to shop and now I don't have anywhere to go. Reporter: Authorities here say that massive show of manpower is still in place. At this point, they don't believe they will need federal troops to step in, and Eva, we focus a lot on the severe damage, it is significant, but the other thing that's significant that sometimes that's hard to transmit is the sense of pain and anguish in the air, it is palpable, people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Eva. Alex, such a good point you make this morning. People are hurting. Guys, you see all these protests in city after city all across this country. One thing is clear -- it's exactly what Alex is talking about, people want something to something has to change. Dan and whit. So hard to see the images of the destruction behind you, Eva, but as Alex put it, people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Eva, we'll talk to you in just a moment. But first, we want to get a

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