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Port Canaveral: Political correctness demands police sergeant be fired for unthinking stupidity

What has become of our law enforcement officials when they overlook common sense and fire police officers for inappropriate and stupid actions that harmed nobody – but were conflated by race-baiting activists. If zero tolerance applied to public officials and law enforcement agencies, there would be no employees to protect law-abiding citizens.

Officer accused of having Trayvon Martin targets fired

Port Canaveral, Fla. Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh told WFTV on Saturday that Sgt. Ron King was leading a target practice with two other officers and a civilian when he pulled out the targets [resembling dead teenager Trayvon Martin] April 4. Walsh says King asked the group if they wanted to use the targets, and they said no.

"It is absolutely reprehensible that a high-ranking member of the Port Canaveral Police, sworn to protect and serve Floridians, would use the image of a dead child as target practice," said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents. "Such a deliberate and depraved indifference to this grieving family is unacceptable. The citizens of Port Canaveral deserve better." Source: Officer accused of having Trayvon Martin targets

 Police snitches … 

Port Canaveral Port Authority CEO John Walsh said that on April 4, when two fellow cops discovered King intended to use the Trayvon Martin shooting targets in their weapons exercise, they told the sergeant “they didn’t think it was appropriate.” The next day, Walsh said, the officers informed the Port Authority police chief, who called in internal affairs.

If anyone should be fired, it should be the Chief of Police who showed a stunning lack of command authority in elevating this to a media event and firing the officer. The appropriate penalty for non-lethal, no-harm stupidity and poor judgement should be an official sanction and a few days off without pay. No more and no less. Even though I am anti-union, I must question why they are not fighting for one of their own?

The fired officer claims that these were “no shoot” training targets  … 

 Bottom line …

It may have been in bad taste and inappropriate, but the use of these targets suggests a reprimand – not a firing. In fact, one could make the case that the officer’s First Amendment rights were violated. So reinstate the officer with an official charge of “conduct unbecoming” and get on with it.

It appears that the activists who profit from the media attention use anything they can to further their own political agenda. In this case, killing the career of a highly-trained police officer over nothing more than insensitivity and bad judgement. He did not commit a crime.

The race-baiting activists are using political correctness, multi-culturalism, moral equivalency, and our own laws to shred the United States Constitution and destroy our infrastructure from within. These race-baiters have so scared public officials that they can no longer perform their sworn duties without pandering to some activist group.

I hope the officer lawyers-up and seeks reinstatement.

-- steve

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