Police sergeant defends Trayvon Martin targets for shooting practice

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A Port Canaveral, Fla., police sergeant recently posted a You Tube video to defend himself after being fired last week for bringing in shooting targets that resembled Trayvon Martin, according to WFTV and ABCNews.

Sgt. Ron King said in the video he had no intention of using the targets and that he’d brought them in as a training tool for a “no-shoot situation.” King also apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin and his fellow police officers.

In the video, he also said, “As a result of last year’s Trayvon Martin shooting, a company offered for sale a target of a faceless silhouette wearing a hoodie with his hands in his pockets, one of which was holding two objects, these objects in the hand were non-threatening and the target was something that I viewed as a no-shoot situation.”

“While others used it as a novelty,” he added, “I view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training. Although to date, the targets have never been used, I did possess the targets for those training reasons.”

The incident occurred as George Zimmerman awaits trial for second-degree murder for the shooting of Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, told police that he followed Martin after observing suspicious behavior and then confronted the youth. He has stated the 17-year-old then punched him, knocked him down and slammed his head into the pavement.