#UseMeInstead: Clergy Dons Bulls-Eyes In Response To North Miami Beach Police Using Black Men As Shooting Targets (DETAILS)

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Following the horrific discovery that North Miami Beach Police were using mugshots of African-American men as shooting targets, the police chief denied any racial profiling, claiming the practice was common for “facial recognition drills.”

That’s a response National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant — the woman who found that her brother was one of those mugshots — and the members of the clergy aren’t buying. And in a new online protest, priests, ministers, and seminarians have taken to Twitter and Facebook to express their concern and give the department a message — #usemeinstead.

And the controversial hashtag, which dares law enforcement to shoot clergy members instead of black and brown faces, is catching fire on social media.

From the Washington Post:

The idea originated on a closed Facebook group for Lutheran clergy, where pastors were discussing how North Miami Beach’s police department had been caught using mugshots of actual people for target…

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