Vernoff was referencing the Rayshard Brooks incident, in which police shot and killed the 27-year-old black man over the weekend in the back while he was fleeing, in noting that cops gave her special treatment amid her criminality. "When I was 15, I was chased through a mall by police who were yelling 'Stop thief!' I had thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise on me," Vernoff wrote in a Twitter thread. "I was caught, booked, sentenced to 6 months of probation, required to see a parole officer weekly. I was never even handcuffed." Ava DuVernay responded to the thread, tweeting: "This is a white woman talking honestly about her experiences and its one of the best threads on the criminalization of Black people that I’ve read lately."