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    Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Family 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
    Gee, I wonder why they used photos of actual humans for target practice
    (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.
    but when other law enforcement agencies were asked about this "widely used practice", they failed to corroborate Chief Dennis statement
    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.
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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    People need to lighten up.

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    It's important for cops to get used to shooting Blacks.

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    Gee, I wonder why they used photos of actual humans for target practice
    but when other law enforcement agencies were asked about this "widely used practice", they failed to corroborate Chief Dennis statement
    Um, because their job may require them to shoot humans, or at least leftist facsimiles of humans. Possibly even some of the criminals in the photos they used. Makes sense to me. Know your target.

    They should also use pictures of well known socialist/liberals, I find it helpful during target practice. Hanoi Jane targets used to be a popular sale at gun ranges.
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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    This was just plain stupid, no way there will be a good defense for this practice.

    North Miami Beach Police Chief J. Scott Dennis admitted that his officers could have used better judgment, but denies any racial profiling.

    He noted that the sniper team includes minority officers. Dennis defended the department’s use of actual photographs and says the technique is widely used and the pictures are vital for facial recognition drills. But the Deant family questions why officers were firing targets with images of real people, in this case African-Americans, especially at a time when relations between minority communities and law enforcement are so tense.
    But Woody Deant, who did four years in prison after his 2000 arrest, expressed outrage.

    “Now I’m being used as a target?” said Woody Deant. “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 Deants contacted Attorney Andell Brown. He said he finds the use of human images for target practice extremely disturbing.

    “This can create a very dangerous situation,” Brown said. “And it has been ingrained in your subconscious what does that mean when someone [police] comes across Woody or another person on the street and their decision-making process on using deadly force or not.”
    Florida police caught using mug shots of black men for target practice | MSNBC
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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    People need to lighten up.
    Yeah, I'm totally cool with the police using pictures me of me as target practice. I think it's great.

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Yeah, I'm totally cool with the police using pictures me of me as target practice. I think it's great.
    The more lifelike the better. Using actual bad guys is more realistic. Aren't booking photos public record?

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    People need to lighten up.
    Why when you can be butthurt?

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    This was just plain stupid, no way there will be a good defense for this practice.





    Florida police caught using mug shots of black men for target practice | MSNBC
    They have the best defense in the world........."ITS FLORIDA......would you expect anything less?"

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    Re: Family Outraged After North Miami Beach Police Use Mug Shots as Shooting Targets

    Quote Originally Posted by Chase View Post
    They have the best defense in the world........."ITS FLORIDA......would you expect anything less?"
    As noted in the OP, none of the other police departments contacted by the TV station used mugshots for target practice.
    ďAnd I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.Ē
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