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Police Sgt. Ron King of Port Canaveral, Florida recently decided to use a Trayvon Martin-inspired photo in a target practice session. These careless actions cost Sgt. King his job and now he’s speaking out against his termination. In a video posted by King, he told his side of the story.

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“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.

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, 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.”

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While I do believe insensitive actions like this, especially since this happened in Florida (the same state unarmed teen Trayvon Martin was gunned down in by George Zimmerman), I believe Sgt. King. I don’t think he purchased the target with bad or a sarcastic intention.

I believe that he truly wanted to use this controversial image to make a point to his students and show that not every person in a hoodie is a threat and needs to be shot down.

However, I’d like to speak with the manufacturer of the target because to include the Skittles and Arizona canned tea is just irresponsible. I get it. There will be civilians, in hoodies, pulling candy out of their pockets, instead of a handgun, and these people do no deserve to die. However, I believe it’s tasteless to have the can and candy in the target as well.

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