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#UseMeInstead, Say Clergy to Police Who Use Photos of Black Men for Target Practice

Pastors are sending in their photos to be used as target practice instead of the photos of black people.

Rev. Joy M. Gonnerman's photo submission to the North Miami Beach Police Department, to be used for target practice.

The North Miami Beach Police Department was forced to stop using the mugshots of black men for target practice after they were discovered by a woman whose brother’s photo was among those found riddled with bullets (although it took a city council resolution to get them to do it). The police department found itself without any photos of real human beings to practice shooting their guns. Fortunately for the North Miami Beach Police Department, a group of Lutheran pastors are offering up their photos to be used for target practice, and their campaign’s rallying hashtag is #UseMeInstead.

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