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Trayvon Martin case: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee fired

11:10 PM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee
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SANFORD, Fla. - Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for his agency's investigation of Trayvon Martin's slaying, has been fired.

"After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the City of Sanford, I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community. We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city," said Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte.

Spokeswoman Sara Brady said Wednesday evening that Lee met with Bonaparte to discuss his termination.

Lee took a leave of absence in March and offered his resignation in April. The city council rejected Lee's resignation by a 3-2 vote.

Neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman was later charged with second-degree murder in Martin's Feb. 26 shooting death. Zimmerman claims self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

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Source: City of Sanford and the Associated Press

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