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Florida police officer fired for bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by Father of four, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Officer: Trayvon Martin target a 'no-shoot training aid'

    "A Florida police officer fired for bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a gun range apologized to the shooting victim's family "for being used as a pawn in somebody's political agenda" but said the targets are a valuable training tool.

    Police Sgt. Ron King denied claims by Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh that King was leading target practice with two other officers and a civilian earlier this month when he asked the group if they wanted to shoot at the targets.

    The Port Canaveral Police Department fired King on Friday following an internal investigation, according to port officials.

    King, a firearms instructor, denied in a video posted on YouTube that he suggested anyone shoot at the target, which features a faceless silhouette of a person in a hoodie holding a beverage can, a pack of Skittles candy tucked in a pocket. A bull's eye appears on its chest."
     
  2. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Using a human figured target wearing a hoodie, carrying Skittles and a can of iced tea. Is that proper LE firearms training these days?
     
  3. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Do you honesty think the LEOs at the range would actually be shooting at the bad guys trying to hurt the hooded silhouette snack carrier?
     
  4. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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  5. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    Why are you answering your own post? Honestly, who cares.......
     
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  6. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I find it kind of funny. Horrible joke, but maybe I'm just sick.

    Was flipping through the channels and stopped on the movie awards to see that idiot jamie fox wearing a trayvon martin shirt.
    If they want to cry for him why don't they show a recent picture of him looking like a piece a hood trash that he was.
    Not the picture of when he was 10.

    Sorry but I won't be shedding any tears for that punk kid.
     
  7. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Not answering my questions, just adding a thought or two.

    Its not that I cared for that Martin guy, I did not know him.

    Just reminded me of some other "targets" that were made for LEOs to shoot at. An old man, pregnant women, small child,etc... and now this. Just seems a bit morbid to me and thought others should know what our LEOs are allegedly training to shoot at.
     
  8. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    So if your average hillbilly started shooting up a b.o. Picture they should be charged?

    People shoot inappropiate things all the time. Doesn't bother me unless they don't clean it up
     
  9. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I see your point. I'll post no more...:statue:


    Try not too....:rolleyes:
     
  10. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The guy gets fired for a target in bad taste but around here the police can kill an unarmed person and not loose their job?
     
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  11. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    That is exactly what my wife said....
     
  12. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    I want to click on "LIKE" for thousand time :)
     
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  13. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Who the #*$%& says the poster of a hoody = Trayvon Martin.

    Last time I checked, neither the Constitution, Bill of Rights or the Word of God says anyone has the right to "not be offended"
    People just need to stfu and go back to whatever meaningless existence they have and leave others alone.
     
  14. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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  15. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Personally I see no issue. If you look throughout history targets have been made in the exact likeness of criminals of the time such as full - size photos. A History Channel program shows the early FBI shooting at a picture of John Dillinger. Look at all the printable targets that were available (and probably still are) of Osama Bin Laden and several others - and these do not just resemble them - they are pictures of them.
     
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  16. MikeE

    MikeE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Except that Trayvon was not a criminal, not a suspect, not charged with anything, not doing anything at the time of the confrontation. Should police officers put up posters of other crime victims?
     
  17. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    RVTECH, would you please take a look at post #15 and click on the link. Those targets, are they the criminals you are taking about?
     
  18. Sportfury70

    Sportfury70 Seattle New Member

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    These "targets" are a great training tool. When was the last time someone was shot by a bullseye carrying a gun, or an armed and dangerous transtar II silouette? Never, in case you didnt know. These targets teach the trainee to engage HUMANS that present a valid immediate threat, or not to. They even make guns, knives, bombs, empty hands, cell phones, and lots of other items you can staple to a target to make a "no-shoot" scenario a "shoot" scenario.

    Why wouldn't you want ppl to train on such a target? If a trainee screws up and engages an unarmed target (even if it resembles some young street hood..) based on prejudice or stereotype or just plain mistake, then the instructor can provide extra training to remediate his bad decision.

    This uneducated, overly sensitive bullbubblegum mentality that favors emotion over real world practicality just ends up getting more ppl killed.
     
  19. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If training to shoot pregnant women and little kids is OK in you eyes then I think you are mentally warped and should not be allowed to own a firearm!!!
     
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  20. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have no problem with people training to shoot at targets of men and women, but kids and pregnant women?