Monday, 15 April 2013

Trayvon Martin shooting targets get Florida cop fired

Trayvon Martin shooting targets get Florida cop fired, The Orlando Sentinel reported that Sgt. Ron King, a Port Canaveral police officer, was fired yesterday after he brought Trayvon Martin shooting targets to a police target shooting session. Trayvon Martin, 17, died on February 26, 2012 after he was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Authorities have charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Zimmerman is still waiting for a trial date.

Although the target is faceless, it is wearing a hoodie and holding a package of Skittles candy and a can of Iced Tea. Martin died after purchasing Skittles and Iced Tea at a local store.

The other officers refused to shoot the target, which can be purchased on the Internet.

King said the targets were a learning tool and not intended for using as a target. The department’s Interim Chief, John Walsh, apologized to Martin’s family and said the incident is unacceptable, insensitive and unprofessional.

Walsh also said he didn’t know if King’s actions were either hatred or stupidity, but neither could be tolerated.

King has more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement and has a week to appeal his firing.

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