In response to the outright lies and misinformation that NBC6 “reporter” Willard Shepard said about the North Miami Beach Police Department yesterday, Major Kathy Katerman issued two press releases today.
The first release is a Statement Regarding Sniper Training from Chief Scott Dennis, which explains that the NMBPD’s sniper team is comprised of one Hispanic male and one Haitian American male (who is the team leader). He also describes in detail how the snipers are trained. In addition, he said that only two members of the 95 officers in the department are snipers, and that no other officers use mug shots for target practice.
Chief Scott Dennis then stated that he “immediately suspended the sniper training program,” he will “conduct a thorough review,” and that he “opened an investigation into the matter.”
Those last comments rendered me speechless. So speechless, in fact, that I am compelled to issue this Public Service Announcement:
Attention all residents of North Miami Beach: Under no circumstances are you to engage in the act of being held hostage until further notice as there will be no sniper team on duty to save your sorry asses. Thank you for your cooperation.
The second simultaneously issued press release is the Police Chief’s Response to Sniper Target Story, in which the Chief provides the media “with some clarifying facts.” The Chief then made a list of 22 statements of fact, as opposed to Willard Shepard’s fictional account, including a detailed explanation of what occurred at sniper training on December 5, 2014.
For the benefit of the terminally stupid members of the so-called media, the Chief also attached legitimate photographs of the actual targets that the NMBPD sniper team has used during training sessions for more than a decade.
Chief Dennis carefully explained that “real photo targets are used because snipers are taught in schools by the experts to train as real as possible.” He also revealed that a “renowned sniper expert was INTERVIEWED BY THE MEDIA, but the footage was NOT USED IN YESTERDAY’S STORY.”
But there was absolutely no media bias whatsoever in your “news” story, right Willard?
The Chief also explained that during sniper training, the “sniper team leader is the one who chooses the targets,” and that “on December 5, 2014 that was a BLACK MALE officer from our Special Response Team.” (Emphasis mine.)
AHA! THE PLOT THICKENS!
Now that we know for sure that since a BLACK MALE randomly chose the mug shots of BLACK MALES for sniper training, it was absolutely racially motivated!
There you go, Willard! You must have missed that clue!
Willard also decided to leave out the rest of the mug shots in the sniper team’s inventory. Showing all of these pictures on his broadcast would have contradicted the covert “racist cop” agenda he was slyly pushing.
In the interest of Truth, Justice and the Politically Incorrect American Way, I’m publishing them all here.
“Spreading the Wealth”