The target resembled Trayvon Martin, the South Florida teenager shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford last year.
It cost a law enforcement officer his job and now former Port Canaveral Police Sergeant Ron King is speaking out. Authorities say he offered the target to some of his fellow officers during an April 4th training session.
King was terminated on Friday.
"He was on duty doing some rifle range work with other officers; he offered one of our other officers a target that was the profile of Trayvon Martin," said Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh. "The other officer rejected it and told him to put in back in his car. He shouldn't possess something like that."
King - a veteran firearms instructor employed by Port Canaveral since 2011 - is refusing to go quietly.
Over the weekend he posted a video on YouTube giving his side of the story.
"I would like to start my statement by first apologizing to the family of Trayvon Martin," King explains. "I refuse to sit by while others use the Martin family and myself as a way to further their own political and career agendas."
King maintains that the target, which can be purchased online, was never used as something to shoot at. He claims it was used for quite the opposite.
"The target was something that I viewed as an example of a no-shoot situation," King adds. "While others viewed it as a novelty I viewed it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training."
He says it's not uncommon to use real life situations as a training tool. Walsh says either way King's decision was a poor one.
"This individual must be either very stupid or have a lot of hatred," Walsh said. "Either one is not acceptable."
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