Cities keep blaming protests on 'outside agitators.' Arrest records show that's not true.

Protest in Minneapolis.
(Image credit: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Every U.S. has state has seen protests against police brutality. And in several of them, police have arrested protesters for breaking curfews, failing to disperse, and, in some cases, for violent behavior.

Leaders in those cities, as well as Attorney General William Barr, have often blamed non-peaceful actions on "outside agitators" with an apparent agenda of their own. But as cities start to share arrest data, the numbers don't add up.

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