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Police Chief Axed Over Trayvon Case

Bill Lee dismissed for 'losing community confidence'

(Newser) - The police chief whose officers failed to arrest George Zimmerman after the Trayvon Martin shooting has been fired. Bill Lee, who stepped down temporarily three months ago amid fierce criticism of his handling of the case, was dismissed by Sanford's city manager, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "I have... More »

Zimmerman and the Cops: From Critical to 'Cozy'

Trayvon Martin suspect had an evolving relationship with Sanford police

(Newser) - In January 2011, George Zimmerman called the behavior of the Sanford Police Department "disgusting." Just eight months later, he was lauding the department's "professionalism." The two recently revealed exchanges demonstrate a relationship that evolved over time, culminating in Zimmerman being allowed to walk unescorted through... More »

Sanford to Trayvon Police Chief: You're Not Quitting

Bill Lee had tendered resignation

(Newser) - Sanford refused to accept its police chief's resignation today despite his handling of the George Zimmerman case, CBS News reports. The Florida city's commissioners voted 3-2 to reject Bll Lee's resignation, and most of them blamed tumult surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting on outsiders. "The city... More »

Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Steps Aside

Bill Lee says his move is temporary as criticism increases

(Newser) - Major fallout today in the Trayvon Martin shooting : The police chief of Sanford, Florida, has temporarily stepped down amid mounting criticism of how his department has handled the case, reports the Orlando Sentinel . "My role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation,"... More »

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