Police sergeant fired for Trayvon Martin pistol targets speaks out


The Port Canaveral Police officer and firearms instructor who was fired Friday for bringing Trayvon Martin targets to the pistol range has posted a video on YouTube trying to defend his actions.

Former Port Canaveral Police Sgt. Ron King, who was fired Friday following an internal investigation, says he was the victim of a political agenda. The controversial targets, King claimed, were meant to be used as a training aid.

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh told WFTV on Saturday that Sgt. Ron King was leading a target practice with two other Port Canaveral police officers and a civilian port employee when he pulled out the targets April 4.

Walsh says King asked the group if they wanted to use the targets and they said no, telling King to put them back into his patrol car.

Port Canaveral is about 50 miles southeast of Sanford, where the 17-year-old Martin was killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. His trial is set for June.

King’s target choice has made national and even international news.

On King’s YouTube video, which has so far been seen by more than 2,000 people, King called the controversial targets a “no-shoot training aid.”

“I view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training,” he said on the video, adding he feels “used and violated.”

King said the targets were never used, but admitted, “I did possess those targets for those training reasons.”

Most legitimate firearms instructors will use a different colored cardboard silhouette, usually white, when they want to incorporate a no-shoot target into their firearms training.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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