The Sanford Police Chief, Bill Lee Jr., Temporarily Steps Down From Treyvon Martin Case
Police Chief Bill Lee Jr., is temporarily stepping down from the Trayvon Martin Case. In a press conference this afternoon, the chief announced that he felt he was more of a distraction to the case. Sanford City Manager, Norton Bonaparte Jr.said he hoped this moved would bring calm back to the city of Sanford. A rally is scheduled in the city at 7:00p.m., which is to be led by Revered Al. Sharpton. There has been a national outcry over than handling of the case and the fact that George Zimmerman. Martin's killer, has yet to be arrested.
City commissioners voted no confidence in Lee yesterday. Bonaparte has received increased pressure to let Lee go. African-American's in the community do not trust police in the Sanford Community. Lee has been on the job almost a year and came in on the heels of a previous scandal. The former chief was forced out of office when a lieutenant's son was caught on tape attacking an African-American homeless man. The black man lay bleeding and officers drove the officer's son from the scene and his son was not arrested at the time. When the video surfaced, his son, Justin Collision, turned himself in.
African-Americans relations with the Sanford Police have been strained in the Sanford community. The NAACP and many other people have claimed that the Sanford police have on many occasions protected others in the department and repeatedly harassed and embarrassed African-Americans. This story is still developing……..