Faced With a Growing Controversy, Sanford Police Chief “Temporarily Removes” Himself from Job

The Miami Herald is reporting this afternoon that embattled Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee has temporarily stepped down from his job. This is a direct result of his department's handling of the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Here is what the paper has to say:

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, under fire for his handling of the investigation into the killing of unarmed Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, temporarily removed himself from office Thursday, a day after city commissioners gave him a vote of no confidence.

Lee, stressing his credentials as a former homicide investigator, said that he stands by the police department and the investigation.

“I am aware my role as leader of this department has become a distraction from the investigation,” Lee said, adding that “temporarily removing” himself from the role would restore a “semblance of calm to the city which has been in turmoil for several weeks.”

Read more here: Miami Herald

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