Sunday, April 14, 2013

Police Sergeant Responds To Firing For "Trayvon Martin" Target


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida -- Former Port Canaveral Police Sergeant Ron King issued a statement in a You Tube video in response to his firing last week for allegedly using a target resembling Trayvon Martin for shooting practice.


King, who is also a long-time firearms instructor, denied the allegations. He maintains that the target was a "no shoot" training aide.  King added that the complaining party specified that the target was not used.  He also said that a witness in the complaint stated that no derogatory statements were made.


"As a result of last year's Trayvon Martin shooting, a company offered for sale a target of a faceless silhoutte wearing a hoodie with his hands in his pockets - one of which was holding two objects," said King.  "These objects in the hand were non-threatening - and the target was something that I viewed as a "no-shoot" situation."


King says that the motives behind the allegations are due to internal politics where one of his co-workers wants to ultimately see the Port Canaveral Chief of Police fired.


"I would like to start my statement by first apologizing to the family of Trayvon Martin, for being used as a pawn in somebody's political agenda," said King.  "I am being accused of using a Trayvon Martin silhouette target for firearms training in a manner that is less than professional. I take these allegations seriously, and I find that other are accusing me of something that I just plain did not do."


Although Port Canaveral is over 60 miles away from the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida, it is within the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit which encompasses Brevard County and Seminole County - which means that the same State Attorney covers both counties. 


VIDEO and IMAGE CREDIT: Youtube / Ron King


47 comments:

  1. It's a sad day when using a training tool, to better teach police officers when to not shoot, becomes a illegitimate reason to rid yourself of a good Officer. Not only was the Target not identified as Trayvon Martin, but it wasn't even a topic of discussion at the time of training. I've seen way to many good Officers sacrificed to the expediency of political ambition, while bad cops get promoted. Is it any wonder the public views us all in a bad light?

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    1. this is how good officers are weeded out of the good old boys club of bad cops....one at a time

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    2. Please. It had Skittles and iced tea. We all know what that represents. The only place to get these is on a website that marketed it as a Trayvon Martin target. This guy can't be trusted to be an armed judge, jury and executioner on the streets with this obvious racist pig. Stop trying to justify your own bigotry by defending this idiot.

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  2. I, too, disagree with the firing of Sargeant King. If his superiors felt they needed to hand out some sort of punishment, then a suspension would certainly have been enough. Firing him is too extreme. The crime does not fit the punishment, in my opinion.

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    1. Somehow I doubt you'd feel that way if you were a black person who had to deal with this guy wearing a badge.

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    2. yet the target showed no face ! so let me tell you a fact ! did you know that chicago is the mist murderest city of any city in the u.s. and it's a fact that the black population is the culprit behind all the murders !

      tell that trash ron emanual he a damned racist the same as obama is a racist and socialist ! them and their stinking gun control crap , take the guns away from the minority's up there !

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  3. Wow. When I first saw the headlines for this incident, I wondered what sort of jerk the sergeant must be. Having read the full article and having watched Sergeant King's video response, I feel ashamed that I was ready to judge him so quickly. Sergeant King strikes me as honest and honorable. I hope he appeals his firing, wins his job back, and is compensated for the damage done to his reputation.

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    1. Then you're as bigoted as he is. We all know what this was.

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  4. i think all three of the above comments were made by the jackass who got himself fired for his piss poor judgement. nobody just made this shit up. he did it. he excercised poor judgement and bought shame to himself and his department.

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    1. Of course he did. You know this for a fact and of course can demonstrate it with hard data...right??

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    2. LANGUAGE IS NOT APPROPRIATE AND UNDERSCORES YOUR COMPLETELY BIASED AND POSSIBLY RACIST EXPRESSION. EVERYONE RUSHES TO JUDGEMENT TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING. I HOPE IN THE FUTURE YOU ARE NOT IN A SITUATION WHERE AN OFFICER HAS TO MAKE THAT SNAP DECISION WEATHER OR NOT TO SHOOT. YOU MIGHT WISH SUCH TRAING WAS MORE PREVELANT

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    3. I agree with you. This guy is just trying to cover his you-know-what. Instead of admitting that what he did was insensitive, he resorted to the old paranoid response that someone was out to get him. This only makes him look more foolish in my eyes.

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    4. END AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONApril 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      BLUEBIRD THAT'S RETARDED HE ISN'T TRYING TO COVER UP ANYTHING. AND AS SOON AS BLACKS AND BROWNS QUIT DISPARAGING WHITE PEOPLE IN MOVIES AND TV AND MUSIC THEN WE CAN HAVE A NATIONAL TALK ON SENSITIVITY BUT THIS ONE WAY RESPECT TRAIN IS DERAILEDE

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    5. Respect?!?! The black guy got shot, you KKK dumbass. Just another cowardly white guy acting like they are the oppressed minority. Cry me a river, David Duke.

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    6. your argument is incomprehensibly retarded. The only racists here are the blacks and leftists that think george zimmerman should be prosecuted simply because he is white and Trayvon was black.

      it's you guys that cry the river.

      whites are going to demand reparitions for putting up with idiots like you

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    7. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR EATING THE SPOONFED BULLSHIT LIES.

      OPEN YOUR EYES PUPPET!!!!

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  5. Should have never used the image of a dead child, one killed by an idiotic firearm owner in ANY SITUATION at all.

    He deserves to be fired and his story used as a tool to train other instructors on how to NOT do their job.

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    1. He didn't. As a matter of fact the target is just a hoodie. it has NO FACE at ALL.

      Since when did the hoodie become synonymous with Martin?

      The target design predates his killing you moron's..

      Cop did nothing wrong.

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  6. Nonsense - he did nothing wrong. The target was appropriate for training.

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    1. Wow you're a sad idiot. How is a target of ANY child regardless of race appropriate?

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    2. Trayvon looked a lot different when he died that the cutesy child photos that the media tried to put out to villify mr zimmerman.

      And your the idiot mate. in some countries african children like trayvon are taught to murder with ak47 assault rifles at age 8.

      police must be ready for anything at anytime

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    3. Since when do no-shoot targets have cross-hairs/target indicators on them? THEY DON'T! The presence of cross-hairs/target indicators make it perfectly clear that this target was intended to be shot at and any scumbag police officer carrying these around with him deserves to be sent to the back of the unemployment line.

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  7. Bad choice of targets. So many other targets available....Would like to know the entire story, cause there are two sides to every story!!

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  8. Zimmerman is innocent and so is this policeman. RACIST AFRICAN AMERICANS (get over it) Trayvons father is obviously a felon and gang member. go arrest the martin family for fraud

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    1. I agree. if Trayvon had been white Mr Zimmerman would of never been arrested.

      American needs to focus on ending affirmative action and working to enact laws that prohibit reverse discrimination and reverse racism.

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  9. in my opinion people look for reasons to bitch about something. because this man used a target of a silhouette wearing a hoodie why does it have to be trayvon martin. cant it be somebody else. like a silhouette wearing a hoodie. are all hoodies now the property of trayvon martin, i think not.

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    1. Because the combination of hoodie, skittles, and iced tea on the target make it clear to anyone with half a brain that the target was intended to represent trayvon martin.

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  10. He shouldn't have been fired. What EXACTLY did he do wrong? one instance of questionable judgement? IF the "complainant" states he didn't do anything wrong, then why was he fired? I'm no friend of the police but this sounds like political bullshit.

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  11. Let's fire Holder, Napotiano and Obama for DHS shooting at pregnant woman, old woman, and old man shooting targets.

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  12. The target was a silhouette of a person in a hoodie. Has ANYONE spouting off here actually seen the target in question and is it the image of the Martin boy? All you've seen is the media showing his picture and immediately you think you know it all. You people are all brain dead, presumptuous, pompous idiots with no free thinking mind.

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    1. The target was of a dark silhouette wearing a hoodie and carrying skittles and iced tea, and bearing cross-hairs/bulls-eye on the chest. Try again.

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    2. Yes, the pictures of the targets are everywhere. If they wanted to make a target with "non-threatening items" as a no-shoot target they would have it holding a cell phone not skittles and ice tea (the items trayvon was carrying when he was killed). The only place this item was sold was on-line on a website that sold it as a Shoot Trayvon novely item. The officer would have known this when he bought it. He is a racist and you are an idiot.

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  13. You can't prove that this target resembled Treevon. I also like the way his parents have become wealthy as a result of his death.
    This is even before the homeowners association settlement.
    His parents copyrighted anything to do with this troubled child. Anyone wanting to use his image would have to pay a royalty to them.
    His parents will never have to work another day in their life.
    I don't like cops. There are a lot of bad and crooked ones, but the bottom line is he did not break any laws whether he intended malice or not. This target was only an outline of a hooded person.

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    1. ....and I bet they're still collecting a check on the 1st and the 15th on top of it all

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    2. I agree Trayvons parents especially his father disgust me. anyone who would seek to profit off the death of their son is the real murderer.

      his dad is obviously a criminal

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    3. The target was an outline of a dark hooded person carrying ICED TEA and SKITTLES. Pull your head out of you really think that wasn't intended to represent Trayvon Martin.

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  14. Wait a second ... These are not official department-issued target-training aides? ... Did Sergeant King order and personally pay for them online? ... There's got to be more to this story than Sgt. King has outlined. Something sounds deliberately incomplete. I'd like more detail.

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  15. justice for georgeApril 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Trayvon didn't copyright the whole suspicious black male in a hoodie look. that's so generic i'm sure the target isn't even a representation of him specifically but rather just a generalization of the criminal black

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    1. Look at a picture of the target used before commenting or don't comment. You are an idiot.

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  16. Is sad that many Americans are offended for the use of a not shot target silhouette, that even wasn't used , but in the opposite many still encouraging the burn of our flag, other don't care about and so few reject that practice. Nobody can get it, that the silhouette, was just that, not a photo of Travor Martin, just a resemblance of a man with a hoddie. If people don't know what is the use of silhouette in a range practice for law enforcement personal, so don't fall in ther trap of a stupid political agenda.

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    1. It was a hoodie figure holding a bag of skittle and an ice tea. Don't be an idiot.

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  17. I agree with the first three commenters

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  18. the last thing King will do is tell the truth !! Having known of this person through personal AND indirect interaction for more than 15 years; I say from experience that this is a corrupt and dishonest individual capable of unlimited indiscretion if he believes he will not get caught. Ron King believes he is above the law...........even in-spite of this offense. His motto is Deny, Deny, Deny....... finally, accountability is beginning to catch up to him.

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  19. I read the headline on the AOL opening page and it disgusted me that the people making these don't even know how to spell. Oh also, the whole thing is a bunch of bullshit. I hope some other reputable police department will hire him, or that canaveral police will realize their mistake and rehire him.

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  20. Thanks, the typo in the headline has been corrected.

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  21. The entire Port Canaveral Police Department is a joke. Brevard County Sheriff's deputies did a fine job serving the port for many decades. Since 2011, the Port Authority has operated their police force and they have been nothing short of overzealous security guards. Under the guise of providing a safer more secure port they have turned an formerly laid-back area of tourism and local recreation into a paranoid police-state. Their proposed "mission" is to keep the cruise ships and visitors safe from terrorism. Meanwhile they are aggressively pursuing speeders on SR 528 and 401, ticketing people fishing in newly restricted areas, and harassing fishing guides and their clients who may have an "open container" while cleaning fish or their boat. It's safe to say that terrorism is not an issue with those type of violations. Port Canaveral Police Department must either relax their grip on those of us who have made the port what it is, or have Port Authority state what their real agenda is. And I believe that is to turn the whole place into an extension of Disney World, pandering to the tourist dollars while pushing other business and recreation out.
    I am submitting this as an Anonymous author because I work in the Port and have already had issues with their treatment of my employees and patrons.

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    1. Don't forget sitting on their asses at Jetty park for hours at a time shooting the shit with each other.

      Port cops are a joke, a lazy one at that.

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