On the night of May 28 of this past year, rioters were in the process of demolishing the city of Minneapolis in response to the death of George Floyd. In the middle of the chaos, a mob forced their way into the Minneapolis 3rd Precinct. Police officers quickly evacuated the building, driving hastily away in vehicles or retreating on foot and shielding themselves from the rocks and fireworks being hurled in their direction. Reportedly, city council members had been begging the police chief to surrender the building to the rioters, for fear that defending it would only further enrage them. The politicians got their wish. The building was abandoned, and then ransacked and torched.
This one incident — one of many similar incidents in Minneapolis and other major cities across the country — singlehandedly puts to rest any claim that police used more violent tactics against BLM rioters than they did against the rioters at Capitol Hill this week.