On all sides, fears of ‘outside agitators’ in Floyd protests

Caitlin DicksonReporterYahoo NewsMay 31, 2020, 1:46 PM CDT 0:03 2:03   EmbedClosed Caption Settings ‘Black and brown people are being killed for no reason’

From the earliest days of the civil rights era, officials have been quick to assert that demonstrations were the work of “outside agitators,” as a way of distracting from the protesters’ grievances and mobilizing local opinion against them. Last week, as protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer erupted around the nation, the phrase reemerged, amplified by social media and echoed across the political spectrum, from the Democratic mayor of Minneapolis to Attorney General William Barr and President Trump. 

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