Sgt. Ron King of Port Canaveral Police Department was fired Friday after two officer allegedly refused to use the targets for firearm training. One of those officers filed a complaint against him, which prompted an internal review.
In a response posted to YouTube late Saturday, King denied the accusations against him. King said the allegation that he offered the targets to others to shoot at was a “complete fabrication.”
The politically-charged shooting targets were meant “to use a bad situation as a learning tool,” he claimed.
Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman in February 2012. Zimmerman said he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.
Following the incident, shooting targets designed to resemble Martin began appearing on the Internet. The black targets show a figure wearing a hoodie with skittles in his pocket and crosshairs over his chest.
“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,” Martin family attorney Ben Crump said in a statement. “Such a deliberate and depraved indifference to this grieving family is unacceptable.”
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