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.

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Apr 16, 2013 12:56 AM CDT
I doubt seriously that Trayvon should have been shot, but I really get tired of seeing a picture of him at 12 or 13 years of age to illicit sympathy for him. It's disingenuous propaganda, and really annoys me how the media tries to manipulate people. If you are reduced to trying to manipulate readers by using a childhood picture, then I wonder what you are hiding. Everyone looks innocent and non-threatening at such a young age, but this was not how he looked at the time of the incident. I am not defending the guy that shot him, he still shot an unarmed man....but he did not shoot this innocent looking kid in the photos that they ALWAYS show. If the truth is on your side, you shouldn't need to stoop to such tactics. They make your argument suspect.
Apr 15, 2013 12:44 PM CDT
Sad SAd story. I feel sorry for the family for having to endure such childish behavior at the hands of a law enforcement officer.I'm glad they fired his ass.How low can you goooooooooo!!!!
Apr 15, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
Don't be dismayed people - we can still put a crucifix in a bottle of urine and have it accepted as art.