The head of North Charleston’s NAACP called for sensitivity training for city police, saying the officer who faked his own shooting appears to have thought his story would be more readily acceptable if blame fell on a black assailant.

“The people over in that community should be owed an apology,” branch president Ed Bryant said today, a day after Sgt. Eddie Bullard’s July 4th shooting was exposed as a self-inflicted hoax.

“Here a black, there a black, everywhere a black; they could say ‘they’ did it,” Bryant said.

The comments came a day after Police Chief Jon Zumalt announced Bullard shot himself in his protective vest and made up a story that he was wounded by his own gun during a struggle with an attacker.