We wonder why white police officers are so quick to lethally target black men. The North Miami Beach Department provides a clue: their sniper training program used mug shots of young black men for target practice. Real, still alive (for now), young black men.
A National Guard Sgt. happened to look into a pile of garbage at the Medley, Florida, shooting range and spotted a photo of her brother with bullet holes in his face and head.
The chief has apologized: he didn’t know about it. They used mug shots of whites and Latinos, too. The sniper training program has been suspended. But symbols become reality and this is a powerful one.
Black equals bad.
Shoot to kill.
What happened to “disable”?
What happened to good sense and sensitivity?