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Fla. Sgt. Fired for Offering Trayvon Martin Target

April 15, 2013  | 

Screenshot via YouTube.
Screenshot via YouTube.

A Florida police sergeant was fired Friday for bringing a target with the likeness of Trayvon Martin to a police firing range for firearms training.

One of Port Canaveral Police Sgt. Ron King's fellow officers photographed King with the target and showed the photo to the chief. Kings' fellow officers had refused to use the target.

King, a two-year veteran of the force, attempted to defend his actions in a YouTube video posted Saturday. In the video, King said he never intended the target to be used on the range. King said he wanted "to use a bad situation as a learning tool."

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh apologized publicly to the Martin family and called King's behavior unacceptable, insensitive and unprofessional, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

"Whether his [King's] act is one of hatred or stupidity, neither one is tolerable," Walsh said.

Comments (7)

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Corporal T.E./N.S.M. @ 4/15/2013 4:23 PM

Idiot move. While I'm fed up with the likes of Rev.s Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson for making a "Black vs. White" issue out of a Hispanic man's arrest for the murder of a Black man...but this was beyond the pale definition of "Unprofessional".

Rob @ 4/14/2013 4:37 PM

I saw the alleged target on another website. I have to question the motives of the manufacturer also. It was very poor taste and poor judgement to say the least. I am pro 1st Amendment as well as 2nd, and both demand responsible behavior.

Tschako @ 4/15/2013 5:19 PM

Clearly a stupid move. Wait. A sergeant with only two years experience? Says something about the department as well.

bobbymo @ 4/15/2013 6:24 PM

Says something about the whole world also- when the case is presented, defended, tried and adjudicated via "You Tube"

Jim A @ 4/15/2013 6:40 PM

I thought the same about the two years and sergeant, but he may have experience somewhere else. Too bad his experience did not help him out in this case. He was an idiot. But, it would not surprise me that he got his job back in the long run. But still, buddy, this was a really bad decision - especially for a supervisor.

RICHARD ISAACS @ 4/15/2013 6:55 PM


Jeff @ 5/22/2013 6:57 AM

Regarding YouTube publicity: If the courts would start imprisoning and executing the COPs who brutalize our society then you'll see a drop in YouTube publicity... meanwhile, I'll continue to stalk and assault you filthy NAZIs.

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