Let's look at the Emanuel AME shooting positively. The police managed to apprehend the suspect believed to be the white terrorist responsible for the deaths without shooting him. Let us praise them for their restraint and hope that these skills can be generalized to the arrest of other killers, and even those who sell individual cigarettes, play with toy guns, or run away without having committed a crime.
I have contended that the greatest power a license to practice law confers is the power to compel powerful people to testify under oath. But police have developed a countermeasure. It’s called lying. It’s a powerful device because it’s institutionally protected. Few lawyers can beat them head on. They will always be “believed.” Cops sardonically call it “testilying.” However, there is a workaround. It involves maneuvering them into telling the wrong lies. To do this, you have to exploit a common character flaw – hubris. Cops who lie are generally infected with a compulsion for dominance. They need to let you know they are lying and that you can’t do anything about it.from Daily Kos, via Mercury Rising.
John Scalzi pointed out that one should never be surprised by a headline that reads, "Blablabla has worst impact on poor people." Black people likewise. Of course the police are particularly nasty to POC, but in Berkeley they are showing that they can be nasty to whites too. Another way white people can find out how the cops treat POC is getting caught using ritually unclean substances, or in some cases living next door to someone who uses ritually unclean substances.