Police Chief Steps Aside in Wake of Trayvon Martin Controversy


The local police
chief who investigated the death of Trayvon Martin announced Thursday
afternoon that he will temporarily step down from his position, the Associated Press reports.

“I do this to return some semblance of calm to the city,” Sanford
Police Chief Billy Lee said at a press conference. Lee had been
criticized after police did not arrest George Zimmerman, the
neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the Florida teen last

The move comes one day after the Sanford City Commission issued a
vote of no confidence for the police chief, characterizing his
investigation into the shooting as “deeply flawed.”

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