[T]ruly, if your grievance is that the powers that be treat you like you are just thugs bent on crime and disorder, you aren't bolstering your cause by proving them right. The person climbing out of the broken window on the front of the local electronics store carrying a brand new flat screen doesn't exactly look like the victim here. It’s hard to argue that the police don’t need riot gear by staging a riot.Bingo! If you want to be treated like upstanding citizens instead of thugs, start acting like upstanding citizens instead of thugs. Behaving in the manner the status quo predicts you will behave does not help change the status quo; it reinforces it. This is not a difficult concept, people!
Bonus quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandhi
[Please note: The above message is directed at the rioters/looters/arsonists specifically, and not the community in general.]