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Police chief in T. martin case fired

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM
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Police chief in Trayvon Martin case fired

Sanford, Fla., has fired Bill Lee, the police chief who initially oversaw the controversial investigation into a white-Hispanic neighborhood watch captain's fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin.

The initial lack of an arrest drove widespread protests and propelled the case into national headlines.

Lee previously took leave as chief and later offered to resign. Now, he is "permanently relieved of duty," according to a written announcement from the city.

"After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the city of Sanford, I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community," Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte was quoted saying in the city's statement. "We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city."

Sanford police initially cited Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows killings in self defense, in declining to arrest the neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman claimed he was defending himself, adding that after a late-night confrontation Martin was getting the better of him in a scuffle prior to the fatal shot.

Amid separate investigations into the shooting and the response to it, Lee said on March 22 that he was "temporarily" stepping aside as Sanford police chief. He later offered his full resignation but the city council narrowly voted to reject it.

In April, a special prosecutor appointed by Gov. Rick Scott charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

In announcing Lee's dismissal, Sanford said Interim Chief Rick Myers would continue to run the city's police department as the city conducted a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.

by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:28 AM
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mya138
by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM
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 GOOD

_Kissy_
by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:52 AM
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Wonderful
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SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Jun. 21, 2012 at 1:53 AM
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 Well yes, he should of been fired. Hell at the beginning, the intial officer investigating was not a homicide officer. They should of known under his leadership that was a big no-no. I bet they started looking into things and he ran a loose ship. This case pissed people off. Powers that be saw other things.

joyfree
by Silver Member on Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:02 AM
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can of wormsI can hardly wait! I'm glad he got canned, but this will bring out the, um--- well, I can't think of a polite word!

sucker4myloves
by on Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:17 AM
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Good. You don't have to agree that Zimmerman is a murderer, you don't have to agree that he's NOT a murderer....fact is this man did NOTHING the right way, was incompetent, bumbling, and did not at all attempt to do his job. He clearly doesn't need to do this job.

3xangel
by Member on Jun. 21, 2012 at 2:20 AM
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.lovemybebes.
by Member on Jun. 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM
Oh no!!! First Georgie gets locked up, than his wife, now this! Damn it!



totally kidding.
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