Someone recognized her brother among the bullet-riddled mug shots
A Florida woman is outraged after finding that North Miami Beach Police had been using images of black men for target practice—including her brother’s mug shot.
Sgt. Valerie Deant, a musician with the Florida Army National Guard’s 13th Army Band, arrived at a shooting range with her fellow soldiers just after police snipers had been practicing on the same range last month. Deant was shocked to see her brother’s photograph among the mug shots of black men apparently used as target practice by the police. Woody Deant was arrested in 2000 in connection with a deadly drag race when he was just 18 years old.
“I was like why is my brother being used for target practice?” Deant told NBC Miami in a report published Friday. “There were like gunshots there.”
The incident was confirmed by Captain Jack Young, who oversees the shooting range. He said the targets are selected by whoever is renting the range. Police chief J. Scott Dennis told NBC that the decision to use mug shots of black men may have been a mistake, but that no rules were broken. He said his department includes minority police officers, and said the use of actual photographs for target practice is very common. Requests for further comment from Dennis were not immediately returned.
Woody Deant, who spent four years in prison after his arrest, was disturbed at his sister’s discovery. “Now I’m being used as a target?” he told NBC. “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 picture actually has like bullet holes,” he said.North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis admitted that his officers could have used better judgment, but denies any racial profiling. Could have used better judgment? Are you fucking kidding me?
This an obvious challenge and affront to those with dark skin and their worth as human beings. Just that certain "glow" makes some white folk get crazy, unfortunately as is it - that some just happen to be officers of the law.