Florida Cop Fired for Offering Colleagues Trayvon Martin Shooting Targets

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Sgt. Ron King
Dumb idea: showing your police pals your Trayvon Martin shooting target -- complete with crosshairs over his heart and a pack of Skittles in the pocket of his hoodie. Dumber idea: letting one colleague take a photo of you with the target to "show his son." A cop in Port Canaveral did both last month, and today he's out of a job after that fellow officer instead gave the photo evidence to the chief.

But Sgt. Ron King can explain! In a video posted on YouTube, he says he bought the targets as an educational aid, certainly not to shoot at.

That excuse doesn't do much for the chief, John Walsh, who tells the Orlando Sentinel: "Whether his act is one of hatred or stupidity, neither one is tolerable."

King doesn't dispute the facts: At some point, he went online and bought a shooting target modeled on Martin, the unarmed Miami teen killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford last year. Presumably, it looked something like this:

Yes, the Internet is a horrible place.

King, who taught a firearms course, then thought it would be a great idea to bring these targets to a Cocoa, Florida range at the beginning of April. When he showed them off to another sergeant, the man "chuckled" and said he was always joking with his son when he wore hoodies by calling him "Trayvon." He asked if he could take a photo of King with the target to share with his kid.

Instead, that sergeant took the pics right to the chief, who fired King last Friday.

King took to YouTube over the weekend to defend himself. In a five-minute video, he apologizes to Trayvon's family and his police department, but claims he's the victim of a political agenda.

Rather than shoot at the Trayvon outline, his intent was to use it in class as a training aid on when NOT to shoot, King claims.

"It was a non-shoot training aid," he says. "Using real-life scenarios, a training scenario is not uncommon... The target is something I viewed as a no-shoot situation."

Listen, Sergeant King. If your students really need a visual aid to understand that shooting at someone solely because they're wearing a hoodie is a no-no, this state is in a hell of a lot of trouble.

Here's his video:



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14 comments
trishthedish
trishthedish

I am extending the benefit of the doubt to the officer in creating a training of when NOT to shoot but why in the world would he depict the target as Trayvon Martin? I'm not so sure somone with such a pitiful amount of common sense should be defending citizens with a handgun.  He's just as bad as Zimmerman. 

flgeeman
flgeeman

The real story.  People listen to NOISE instead of finding out the truth.   This officer should be reinstated immediately. SHAME ON THE MEDIA.

Oona Stieglitz
Oona Stieglitz

One other thing is certain...someone will make a "movie of the week" out of it.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

Will be an interesting trial.. Both parties are to blame but Zimmerman is still alive. One thing is certain.. No one will be satified with the verdict.

Miriam Kaige
Miriam Kaige

Wow! how ignorant...Incredible to believe ppl who vow to protect and serve the community could be so cruel.

Tomas Eric Rincon
Tomas Eric Rincon

@ George--Beating up on someone in no reason to die, especially since Trayvon was likely protecting himself against some random weirdo (Zimmerman) who was stalking him and coming up on him in the darkness. Zimmerman chose to act as an agent of authority and chose to confront a citizen (Martin) who was minding his own business walking from the corner store with candy and a tea, and chose to be judge, jury, and executioner; in spite of ZERO evidence of Trayvon doing anything against the law.

George Attard
George Attard

Although, of course, if it is the case, then yeah, this sucks.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Some cops really need to get a handle on the leash to their level of douchebaggery. But there are a few who get it, and are incredible people for it.

George Attard
George Attard

It's terrible because....? Did Martin die because he was beating up Zimmerman? Or was he innocent? That's what I don't get. We don't know. So we just judge people based on what others say. Awesome. Keep sheepin on sheep.

Matthew Ayala
Matthew Ayala

Now King has a motive and could very easily go on a rampage similar to Christopher Dorner.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@Tomas Eric Rincon So many details about the attack!  Were you there?

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