Cop Axed Over Trayvon Shooting Targets

Martin family decries 'reprehensible' behavior
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Ghille
Posted Apr 14, 2013 8:55 AM CDT
This undated family photo shows Trayvon Martin.   (AP Photo/Martin Family, File)

(Newser) – A Florida cop is out of a job following the less-than-brilliant decision to bring targets with Trayvon Martin's image to on-duty shooting practice. As CNN reports, Sgt. Ron King of the Port Canaveral Police Department brought a couple of the targets—which he apparently purchased online—to an April 4 training session and offered them to fellow officers, who declined. He was fired Friday after an internal review; a Canaveral Port Authority spokesman calls King's action "unacceptable," and says an apology to Trayvon's family is in the works. "Whether his act was hatred or stupidity, none is tolerable," he tells WFTV.

The Martin family is unamused, and issued this statement via their lawyer: "It is absolutely reprehensible that a high-ranking member of the Port Canaveral Police, sworn to protect and serve Floridians, would use the image of a dead child as target practice. Such a deliberate and depraved indifference to this grieving family is unacceptable." King had a little more than two years on the force; he has seven days to appeal. (Read more Florida stories.)

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