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Florida police sergeant fired over Trayvon Martin shooting target

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Florida police shooting instructor has been fired for using a target resembling slain teen Trayvon Martin that he said was meant to be a teaching aid.

Port Canaveral Police Sgt. Ron King blamed his termination on city officials’ “lies, false information and political agendas,” according to a YouTube video he posted Saturday.

“Others are accusing me of doing something that I just plain did not do,” King says in the video. He says the targets were meant to train officers to not shoot at someone like Martin.

The case underlined sensitivities surrounding the Martin case, which led to allegations of racism and neglect by Sanford, Fla., police. Port Canaveral officials said King brought faceless target silhouettes to a training session in early April and offered them to others who were attending.

TrayvonThe targets purportedly showed a hooded figure with Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea in one hand, items that Martin, 17, was carrying the night he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and initially faced no charges. But after a public outcry and the appointment of a special prosecutor, he was charged with second-degree murder.

King was fired Friday after an internal investigation.

A Port Canaveral city spokeswoman could not immediately be reached Sunday to react to King’s account of the training session.

For more on this LA Times story, click here.

3 comments

  • Block Watcher

    There was another fatal Florida shooting incident caused by a trigger-happy white man. He shot-up a car because the african American teens were playing their stereo too loud for his taste. The murder is not getting much media coverage. Be careful when visiting Florida.

    • Nezzie

      you don't have to be careful if you aren't breaking the law in Florida.. Lived there for years, and Me OR my kids never had a problem. Just obey the law. There is a nuisance/noise ordinance all over Florida. Just obey the laws and enjoy the weather.

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