Dozens of angry residents, some carrying poster-size photos of North Miami Beach, Fl., Police Chief J. Scott Dennis riddled with bullet holes, flooded city hall last night to decry the police department's practice of using police mugshots of African Americans as targets for sniper shooting training, the Miami Herald reports. Residents demanded the chief's resignation and called for the city to apologize for the practice, which came to light after a Florida Army National Guard member at a shooting range for training spotted a photo of her brother laced with bullet holes in a garbage can.
The city council passed a law to ban the practice and review the police department's policies. City Manager Ana Garcia asked for everyone's forgiveness. “We have made a mistake,” she said. “This is an apology from the bottom of our hearts.” Among those who spoke was Lisa Kelly, whose son Tyquan Kelly's picture was used for target practice. Before the meeting, people protested outside the police department. The group spoke about racial profiling, inequality and justice. “Black lives matter,” said Schanetta Scroggins, 18, who said she had been followed by a police officer while she drove a Mercedes Benz. The officer questioned whether the car belonged to her, said the high school student, who plans to attend medical school. “I am outraged.”