It is a regular practice for North Miami Beach officers to use mug shots of real suspects during target practice. However, their method has gone under fire after a Sergeant Valerie Deant prepared to begin target practice for the annual weapons qualifications training, only to witness one of the six mug shots of black men included an old image of her 18-year-old brother’s–Woody Deant, “booking photo among the bullet-riddled targets left behind by North Miami Beach police” snipers. Woody Deant’s arrest was a result of being in connection to a drag race in 2000 that left two people dead.
Sergeant Deant was distraught and called her brother to inform him of the atrocity. “The picture actually has like bullet holes,” Woody Deant said. “One in my forehead and one in my eye. …I was speechless,” he added.