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Trayvon Martin Police Chief's Resignation Rejected

The commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to reject the resignation of Bill Lee.

The Sanford city commission rejected the resignation of the police chief in the Trayvon Martin case Monday.

The commissioners voted 3-2 Monday to reject the resignation of Bill Lee. The majority blamed the uproar surrounding Martin's death on outsiders, not Lee.

This requested resignation comes in light of a temporary suspension after Lee received much harsh criticism for his handling of the the case.

Zimmerman was not charged with second degree murder until 44 days after the shooting, which caused an uproar around the nation. The Trayvon Martin shooting sparked a nationwide protest and debates over racial profiling and Florida's controversial self-defense law, known as "Stand Your Ground."

Many members of the community called for Lee's resignation, saying it was a necessary measure in order for Sanford residents to regain trust in their police force.

"The city has experienced great turmoil in the past two months and we are hoping to stabilize the department and continue with this time of healing," said City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

As this case continues to unfold, Captain Darren Scott has been appointed to stand in and lead the police department until a new permanent police chief is found.


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