Following the controversial news that Florida police were using mugshots of black men for target practice, Lutheran clergy responded on social media by offering officers pictures of themselves as a replacement.
The social media campaign, started under the hashtag #UseMeInstead, snowballed online as people took notice. More than 60 clergy responded, with the photos being mailed to police.
A closed Facebook conversation by Rev. Joy M. Gonnerman and other Evangelical Lutheran Church clergy began by asking how to respond to what they saw as a deep, systematic problem – the fact that local police were discovered to have used pictures of mug shots of black men at a gun range.