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Officer Accused of Having Trayvon Martin Target

by Associated Press

    In this Sunday, March 25, 2012 file photo, Brandon Brilton, left, holds a sign in support of Trayvon Martin during a rally outside of City Hall in Houston. The best-known example of the gray zone shadowing the self-defense debate is the February 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old killed in a Florida subdivision by a neighborhood watch captain who has claimed he acted in self-defense. But every year, there are scores of other incidents, many covered in local newspapers and television reports, highlighting the role of a gun and quick thinking. Photo/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen (AP File Photo)
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PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A police officer accused of bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a gun range has been fired.

Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh told WFTV on Saturday ( ) that Sgt. Ron King was leading a target practice with two other Port Canaveral police officers and a civilian port employee when he pulled out the targets April 4. Walsh says King asked the group if they wanted to use the targets and they said no, telling King to put them back into his patrol car.

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

Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense. His trial is set for June.

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