Clergy to police using black men's images for target practice: #UseMeInstead
A Lutheran pastor poses in a Twitter photo to take part in the #UseMeInstead hashtag campaign. (@JoyGonnerman / Twitter)
Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:11AM EST
After it was revealed that a police department in Florida was using mugshots of black men for target practice, clergy have responded on Twitter by challenging cops to use their pictures instead.
Dozens of clergy members across the United States – many of them white -- have tweeted photos of themselves with the hashtags #UseMeInstead and #BlackLivesMatter.
The Twitter campaign reportedly originated on a Facebook group for Lutheran clergy and quickly took off. Over the past couple of weeks, many pastors, reverends and others have added their voices to #UseMeInstead.
Last month, media outlets in North Miami Beach reported that local police officers were shooting at mugshots of young black men for target practice.
The use of the mugshots came to light after a woman found a bullet-riddled photo of her brother and other young black men in a garbage can at a shooting range.
After an outcry from angry residents who demanded the police chief’s resignation, the town apologized and city council voted to ban the practice.
In a statement released last week, the North Miami Beach Police Department said that it will “strive to be more sensitive to all and remain focused on being a community-mindful police department.”
With files from The Associated Press