Louisiana sheriff sorry reporter's photo was used for target practice

WVUE Fox 8

St. Bernard Parish deputies will no longer shoot at photographs of WVUE-TV reporter Lee Zurik at target practice after a television report on the practice. Zurik reported last November about alleged voter fraud by sheriff's department employees. For two days, WVUE found, deputies practiced their aim using a target festooned with Zurik's photo.

Outgoing St. Bernard Sheriff Jack Stephens, who is retiring after 28 years on the job, says deputies have been "admonished never to use celebrity portraits again as target practice." He apologized to Zurik on-air. "I hope he accepts the apology of me and the department because there was never any ill-will or threat intended by it," Stephens said.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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