Gee, I wonder why they used photos of actual humans for target practiceFamily Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets
It was an ordinary Saturday morning last month when Sgt. Valerie Deant arrived at the shooting range in Medley, or so she thought. Deant, who plays clarinet with the Florida Army National Guardís 13th Army Band, and her fellow soldiers were at the shooting range for their annual weapons qualifications training.
What the soldiers discovered when they entered the range made them angry: mug shots of African American men apparently used as targets by North Miami Beach Police snipers, who had used the range before the guardsmen.
Even more startling for Deant, one of the images was her brother. It was Woody Deantís mug shot that taken 15 years ago
but when other law enforcement agencies were asked about this "widely used practice", they failed to corroborate Chief Dennis statement(North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott)Dennis defended the departmentís use of actual photographs and says the technique is widely used and the pictures are vital for facial recognition drills.
NBC 6 Investigators spoke with sources at federal and state law enforcement agencies and five local police departments that have SWAT and sniper teams in an attempt to find out if this is a common practice. All law enforcement agencies said they only use commercially produced targets, not photos of human beings for target practice.