I’m outraged over the incredibly callous police practice in North Miami Beach of using mug shots of real people who have been arrested as shooting-range targets. I’m also astonished by the department’s continuing defense of the policy.
Perhaps the horror of this practice would become more apparent if they were firing into photographs of their family members. If this is standard practice, it explains a lot about the serious problems that have arisen between police and our communities nationwide. When police show such blatant disregard for the humanity of the people they serve, an important public contract has been broken, and it is no wonder that only a privileged few can trust law enforcement officials. The rest of us understand that we are not people, but targets in the eyes of the police.
Tina Gianoulis, Indianola, Wash.