Sanford Police Chief To Resign In Wake Of Trayvon Martin Death

by
Ricky
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee will resign from his position on Monday afternoon, only a month after he announced he was temporarily stepping down in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A person holds a sign during a small rally that was billed as an opportunity to show support of the Constitutional Rights for George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin near the jail where George Zimmerman waits to be released on bond on April 21, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman turned himself in to police in connection with the killing of Trayvon Martin on February 26th while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee will resign from his position on Monday afternoon, only a month after he announced he was temporarily stepping down in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Lee is expected to announced his resignation at 4 p.m., according to local media reports. Lee stepped down temporarily in March from his position after being criticized for the department's handling of the investigation into Martin's death. Specifically, Lee had been under fire for not detaining or arresting Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, on the night of the unarmed 17-year-old's death.

"I'm aware that my role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction," Lee said in a news conference last month, adding that he hoped his temporary removal would restore "some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."

News of Lee's resignation comes the same day Zimmerman was released from a Sanford jail on $150,000 bail. The former neighborhood watch volunteer is facing second-degree murder charges for his role in Martin's shooting, which he insists was done in self-defense.