The chief of police of the Farmington Hills Police Department, in Detroit, Michigan, has confessed that they used paper targets of Black men only during shooting practices.
The targets had been found when a Boy Scout Troop recently visited the Farmington Hills Police Department Headquarters. Police Chief Jeff King has now expressed a public apology.
“I’ll take this one on the chin. I apologize to each and every person in this room, this community, my department…. I can’t overlook this,” he stated.
All of the targets have been taken down. Additionally, the city, which is compromised of 20% African-Americans, will perform a legal review, said the mayor of Farmington Hills.
“Silhouette would have been most appropriate. I don’t see a good reason to use those targets at all,” said Councilman Michael Bridges.
Another councilman stated that 185 of the 2,300 images put to use during targets practice were Black men.
A Black Farmington Hills Police officer, Kevin Clark, said that the department uses many different targets in order to touch on implicit bias. However, a resident revealed pictures that a parent took while on the tour. They showed otherwise.
“What I see here is these are actually Black men in hoodies. They are actually holding guns. They are actually Black men…”
Another Black resident stated that other police departments in the area should be reviewed, as well.