Ruth Marcus appears to believe that legalized thievery by police and local government is something that only affects minorities. She is oh so wrong. They will steal from anyone regardless of race, color, or creed.
Her column is very informative and deserves to be read in full. However, she appears to believe that it is more wrong to cheat and mistreat a poor person than a wealthy one. Wrong again. Justice is supposed to be blind. It isn't okay, or more okay, to maltreat a rich citizen under color of law than a poor one.
Governments exist to serve us, not to ensure a revenue stream so that government employees can achieve respectable incomes, good health care, and adequate pensions. The police are employed to keep the peace and defend citizens from malefactors, and this is what I believe they do, for the most part.
We need to be sensitive to the abuse of power by elected and non-elected government employees. It is one of the flaws in our system and leads to disrespect for the lawful authorities and widespread corruption.