Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Steps Down in Wake of Trayvon Martin Killing

Mar 22 2012

Sanford, Fla., police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who bungled the investigation into the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, temporarily stepped down today, a day after the City Commission voted 3-to-2 that it no longer had confidence in him. Lee, 52, said he was “keenly aware of the emotions associated with the tragic death of a child.” Really, Bill Lee? You’ve had a child shot down while minding his business (apparently talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone) and carrying candy and iced tea because a self-appointed neighborhood watch patrolman deemed him “suspicious”? Click here to read ABCNews story.

Sanford, Fla., police Chief Bill Lee announced today he's temporarily stepping down as City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr., looked on./Getty Images

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