April 23, 2012
The police chief in the city where Trayvon Martin was shot is set to permanently step down from his post after enduring strong criticism of his department’s decision not to arrest George Zimmerman.
City commissioners — who previously gave Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee a vote of “no confidence” — must approve the resignation before it can formally take effect. They were set to take a vote on it Monday afternoon.
Lee had temporarily stepped aside as chief March 22 after enduring strong criticism over his department’s handling of the Martin case. Police did not initially charge 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense. Prosecutors later charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.