Police chief admits shooting practice targets are images of black men and asks for forgiveness


The targets were discovered during a recent visit by a Boy Scout troop to the Farmington Hills Police Department headquarters in suburban Detroit.

The chief of police in a suburb of Detroit admitted that his department only used paper targets of black men on their shooting range.

The targets were discovered during a recent visit by a Boy Scout troop to the Farmington Hills Police Department headquarters, according to WXYZ-TV. Police Chief Jeff King asks the public for forgiveness.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King apologized in a town hall meeting after discovering his department’s officers were only using black male targets on their firing range. (Photo: Town of Farmington Hills, Hometownlife.com via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

“I’ll take this one on the chin,” he said at a town hall meeting. “I apologize to every single person in this room, this community, my department, my city council, my city manager. I can’t ignore this.

Farmington Hills Mayor Vicki Barnett said all targets have been removed and the city – which is 20% African American – plans to conduct a legal review.

Councilman Michael Bridges said the targets were offensive.

“Silhouette would have been the most appropriate,” Bridges said, “I don’t see any good reason to use those targets.”

Another board member claimed that of the 2,300 images used in shooting practice, 185 were of black men.

Kevin Clark, a Black Farmington Hills police officer at the meeting, told attendees that the department uses a variety of targets in order to combat implicit bias. But an unidentified resident of the area – showing photos which she says were taken by a relative during the tour – claimed otherwise.

“What I see here is it’s actually black men wearing hoodies,” she said, “and they’re actually holding guns, and these are actually black men. They’re not black, gray or white.

According to the report, a second unnamed black resident said he thinks other police departments in surrounding towns should also be looked into.

“I’m sure every other town in this area and towns that heard this story went down to their basements and checked out what their mannequins looked like,” he told the gathering. “That’s the good thing that comes out of this story.”

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