Hearing postponed for Port Canaveral officer accused of using ‘Trayvon’ targets
Termination hearing postponed for internal investigation
A termination hearing was postponed for the Port Canaveral police officer, who was accused of conducting practice with targets resembling Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie, pending an internal affairs investigation.
Sgt. Ron King reportedly took shooting targets resembling Trayvon Martin to an April 4 training session at a Brevard County Sheriff’s Work Farm shooting range in west Cocoa.
A fellow officer reported the incident, triggering an internal investigation. King was given a notice of termination last Friday, but on Friday he can appeal the decision. The hearing was set to start at 2 p.m. Port Authority officials said it has received additional information that needs to be considered. Brevard County Sheriff's Office will conduct the investigation, which is expected to take about 45 days.
King apologized to Martin’s family and fellow officers in a YouTube video he posted last week.
“I remain a professional law enforcement officer and a professional firearms instructor. I refuse to sit by while others use the Martin family and myself as a way to further their own political and career agendas,” he said.
King said he should have never offered a hoodie-style target to the fellow sergeant who filed the complaint against him. He also speculated that the sergeant wants to bring bad publicity to the department to discredit Port Canaveral Police Chief Joe Hellebrand.
Local 6 first reported last year that a manufacturer was producing the targets, which sold out two weeks after being posted online.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who faces a second-degree murder charge in Martin’s February 2012 shooting death in Sanford, is set to go on trial June 10.