Bill Lee, the chief of the Sanford, Florida police department, has stepped down temporariness. You will remember that Sanford is where George Zimmerman, of the Neighborhood Watch, murdered Trayvon Martin on February 26th.
Lee stepped down because, he says, he had become a “distraction” to the investigation.
There have been a number of rallies protesting the fact that Zimmerman has not been arrested or, appreciably, even brought in for questioning after killing the 17 year old who’s only crime was “Walking While Black” after going to the local store to buy an iced tea and a bag of Skittles.
Yesterday, the Sanford City Commissioners gave the police chief a “no confidence” vote.
In a statement reported by the Washington Post, Lee said:
“I must temporarily remove myself from the position as police chief for the city of Sanford. I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to a city which has been in turmoil for several weeks. It is my hope that the investigation will move forward swiftly and appropriately through the justice system and that a final determination in this case is reached.”