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Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Steps Down Temporarily From Trayvon Martin Investigation

Sanford Chief Bill Lee Steps Down Temporarily From Trayvon Martin Investigation

Sanford, Florida city manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address the ongoing investigation surrounding the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — in particular, the role of the city’s police chief, Bill Lee.

Sanford’s local authorities have been the object of increased scrutiny as more details emerge about the night Martin was shot by 28-year-old self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, with Sanford police chief Bill Lee garnering much scrutiny for his department’s handling of the case. Martin’s family has expressed disappointment in Sanford’s local law enforcement — particularly with the fact that Zimmerman has yet to be charged or have his weapon confiscated — and has called for the Justice Department to step in and further investigate the teen’s death.

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Lee announced that he would be stepping down from the investigation for some time, saying “I must temporarily remove myself” and expressing hope that the case moves on “swiftly and appropriately.” He noted that his role in the case had become “a distraction,” adding that he stands by the city’s “police department, its personnel and the investigation that was conducted in regards to the Trayvon Martin case.”

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