SMH: Miami Cops Use Black Men Mugshots for Target Practice
If there was more ammo to help fuel the distrust between police and blacks, this North Miami Beach Police Department will ignite the flame.
When a group of army sergeants attended the Medley Firearms Training Center in Medley, Florida for routine weapons qualifications training, they mug shots of six black men. The mugshots were sprinkled with bullet holes as they were used for target practice for the North Miami Beach Police Officers. Some of the mug shots were of men the practicing officers arrested.
The City of Medley admits to leasing their facility to surrounding law enforcement agencies, but denies any involvement in the all-black target sheets. It says the staff doesn’t select the targets used by law enforcement and the military.
North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis admitted that his officers could have used better judgment, but denies any racial profiling. To add insult to injury, Dennis defended the snipers’ use of real photographs, claiming the technique is nationally used in facial recognition drills. Despite outrage, Dennis said his department will continue to use human images as targets, but only after it expands the number of images in its inventory.
Photo credit: NBC 6 Miami, Florida