Trayvon targets at gun range get cop fired

April 15, 2013 4:29:55 AM PDT
A shooting target in Florida of a man wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles brings Trayvon Martin to mind. The resemblance is causing outrage.

And the man who brought it to the firing range, a police officer, has been fired.

A Cape Canaveral Port Authority police officer has been fired for bringing shooting targets bearing the likeness of Trayvon Martin, to a weapons exercise in central Florida April 4.

"He had a target in the back of his car and offered it to two other officers with the port," said interim port authority CEO John Walsh.

Fellow cops, disgusted with the choice of targets, reported Sgt. Ron King, Walsh said. King admits having the Trayvon Martin targets with the faceless figure in a Hoodie, even the Skittles and iced tea.

"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," King said ina YouTube apology.

In the six-minute address, King claims he intended to use the targets, which were never fired upon, as an example of what not to shoot at.

"The target was something that I viewed as a no-shoot situation," King said.

The video seemed similar to the one shot by George Zimmernman in the months after he shot Martin. In a reenactment, Zimmerman claimed self-defense, saying Martin was bashing his head into the pavement when he fired. Whatever their intent, this latest use of the targets originally sold last May, has reignited tensions less than two months before Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial is set to begin.

Port Canaveral is about 50 miles southeast of Sanford, where the 17-year-old Martin was killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.