North Miami Beach Officers are under major backlash for getting caught using real-life suspect photos of Black men for target practice.
According to NBC News Channel 6, National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant arrived with her unit for weapons qualification at the same firing range used by the North Miami Beach police and discovered the target of six Black men left behind — and one of the images was her brother.
Deant’s brother Woody was arrested over 15 years ago and served four years for a drag racing incident that left two people dead.
“I was like why is my brother being used for target practice?” Deant asked.
Deant then called and informed her brother , who said he was “speechless….The picture actually has like bullet holes.” One in my forehead and one in my eye,” said Woody Deant.
“Now I’m being used as a target?”“I’m not even living that life according to how they portrayed me as. I’m a father. I’m a husband. I’m a career man. I work 9-to-5.”
The North Miami Police Chief J. Scott Dennis told the station that his department “could have used better judgment,” but denied any racial profiling. Dennis, also said the department uses photos of all races for target practice.
Via Washington Post
“Our policies were not violated,” Chief Dennis told the station. “There is no discipline forthcoming from the individuals regarding this….We utilize an array of pictures…We have an array for black males. We have an array for white and Hispanic males.”
“What we are very very concerned about…is that it happened to be someone arrested by this agency. That individual would be someone who would be on the streets of North Miami Beach.”
— Willard Shepard (@WillardNBC6) January 15, 2015