Police Officer Fired for Trayvon Martin Targets

A Florida sergeant bought the targets on the Internet and offered them to co-workers.

On Friday, Sgt. Ron King of Florida’s Port Canaveral Police Department was fired for using shooting targets fashioned to look like Trayvon Martin, Skittles included, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

In a YouTube video posted late Saturday, King said he did not intend for the Trayvon target to be used for shooting. It was designed “to use a bad situation as a learning tool,” he said.

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh apologized publicly to Trayvon’s family Saturday and called King’s behavior unacceptable, insensitive and unprofessional.

“Whether his [King’s] act is one of hatred or stupidity, neither one is tolerable,” Walsh said …

Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing Trayvon’s parents, issued a statement condemning the target.

“Using a dead child’s image as target practice is reprehensible,” Crump said.

The Trayvon target, which features a bull’s eye over his heart, a package of Skittles in his pocket and a beverage can in his right hand, is sold online.

Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

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