Sunday, April 14, 2013

Officer accused of having Trayvon Martin target

Officer accused of having Trayvon Martin target - PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- "A police officer accused of bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a gun range has been fired."

I saw the target that this article is about. It's a shadow of a person with the vague outline of someone wearing a hoodie. It's easy to see how it could be interpreted as resembling Trayvon Martin. However, I have seen many of these kind of targets as far back as the late 70's. Reading this particular article makes it seem like Sgt. King might have been asking the others if they were (un)comfortable using that target. There is no specific reference to the way he asked in this account, though, so there's no way to tell what his intent was.

In this specific instance, with the information at hand, I believe that the Sgt. probably shouldn't have brought the target due to the location of Port Canaveral to Sanford and the relative recency of the shooting.

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