A police department in South Florida is under fire after it was revealed that officers were using the photographs of African American suspects for target practice.
From the Huffington Post:
A Florida National Guard sergeant arrived at the shooting range on a Saturday last month for training and recognized her brother’s 15-year-old booking photo among the bullet-riddled targets left behind by North Miami Beach police officers, the station said.
Major Kathy Katerman told HuffPost that the department has multiple lineups for target practice. Some feature only white men, others are all Latino and one features photos of only women.
“The public thinks there should be one woman and one white man and one black, but that’s not really what test is about,” Katerman said. “We have targets of all races.”
According to Police Chief Scott Dennis, the officers simply used poor judgement and would not be punished.