BOSTON (CBS) – The National Guard has been deployed to Boston after a destructive night in the city.

Largely peaceful protests took place as part of national unrest in the wake of the death of George Lloyd in Minnesota.

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National Guard vehicles arrived in Boston following destruction at the end of protests in the city. (WBZ-TV)

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Around 10 p.m., destruction began to break out near Downtown Crossing as Boston Police officers worked to clear crowds. Several stores were broken into, and a police cruiser was set on fire.

Several National Guard vehicles could be seen in the are by 11:15 p.m.

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WBZ-TV security analyst Ed Davis said the National Guard can be used to free up resources for the Boston Police Department.