Michigan Police Chief Jeff King Condemns and Apologizes for the Usage of Images of Black Men for Target Practice
Leaked reports of the usage came after photos taken by a Scout Troop touring the shooting range were posted to social media...
A public apology has been released by a Michigan police chief after leaked reports indicate that the targets used for target practice were intentionally images of Black men. Initial concerns were raised in April after a Boy Scout troop toured the building and photos taken by an individual on the tour showed at least three of the targets to be black men holding weapons (the original video of the image used is below, not the Police Chief’s apology).
According to Vick Barnett, the Farmington Hills Mayor, the targets have been removed and since then, Police Chief Jeff King said, "I'll take this one on the chin, I apologize to each and every person in this room, this community, my department, my city council, my city manager.”
"I can't overlook this, but I promise you this, this will make us stronger, this will make us better, this will make us more transparent and this community overall will come out better for this."
Police Chief Jeff King added.
Jeff King also went on to excuse the usage of the images saying, “The images represent a mix of both threat and non-threat targets. The difference between a threat assessment target and a silhouette target is threat assessment targets allow you to identify if a threat is there. A silhouette target is only for target acquisition. Our targets consist of a mix of genders and races and are shown holding a variety of items."
The Police Chief, and other police officials, have stated and confirmed that 85% of the targets used during training are White individuals while 15% are of Black individuals. Jeff King’s press release also gave apologies to the Scout Troop that toured the shooting range saying, “We are sorry for not providing a full explanation of those targets."