Embattled Sanford, FL police chief associated with Stand Your Ground issue police chief steps down.

The aftershocks of Trayvon Martin’s killing continued to reverberate Thursday…

The aftershocks of Trayvon Martin’s killing continued to reverberate Thursday from Sanford to South Florida, as the embattled police chief and state attorney overseeing the investigation stepped down hours after more than 1,000 Miami-Dade high school students staged a walkout to protest the lack of criminal charges in the case.

The Sanford Police Department is under fire for its handling of the investigation and for accepting the shooter’s self-defense claim. Accused of lying to reporters and Trayvon’s parents, protecting the shooter and ignoring key witnesses, Lee decided to step aside Thursday. His decision came a day after a 3-2 Sanford city commission vote of “no confidence” in the chief.

“As a former homicide investigator, career law enforcement officer and a father, I am keenly aware of the emotions associated with the tragic death of a child,” Lee said at a brief press conference. “While I stand by the Sanford Police Department, its personnel and the investigation that was conducted in regards to the Trayvon Martin case, it is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process…. I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks.”

Two captains will run the department until an interim chief is chosen, City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. said. It was unclear whether Lee planned to return to the $102,000-a-year post.

Source: David Ovalle and Frances Robles for Miami Herald.

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  • Freddie Mac

    I hate when officials succumb to political pressure. Such B.S. If the shooter is not guilty, he’s not guilty. Granted, every young black man is not a criminal in the making. But some of the hoodrats I see crusing thru my neighborhood has had me calling the PD, or grabbing my licensed CCW and keeping an eye on them. Welcome to America.

  • TOM DUNNE

    THIS IS NOT A STAND YOUR GROUND ISSUE.ZIMMERMAN STALKED THIS YOUNG MAN AFTER BEING TOLD BY POLICE,WE DONT NEED YOU TO DO THAT.POLICE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN A COMMAND TO STAND DOWN.I DONT KNOW IF THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED BUT THEY SHOULD HAVE ORDERED HIM TO RETREAT AND WAIT FOR POLICE.TRAYVON WAS KILLED BY A CRIMINAL INTENT ON DOING HARM,IN MY OPINION.THIS IS NOT A GUN ISSUE.

  • HumbledWhiteMan2012

    The lynch mob of blacks and white liberals should wait for an investigation to be completed before calling for blood.Maybe the “kid” did attack the shooter first.No one knows for sure yet.All i know is that black people especially should be less inclined to be lynch mobs.White kumbiya singing liberals? Aren’t they into justice and fair trials? I guess all they need was a little probing by the race baiting community organizer to know that now was their time to be bloodthirsty,unthinking,mob mental lynchers.In america,we aren’t supposed to lynch without trials.Look at the US soldier charged with killing Afghani civilians.Guilty before trial.How can a military try him when the military is in the buisness of mass destruction and collateral damage.Dresden ring a bell? Try GW Bush and Obama they killed lots of people.My theory is that GIs were recently murdered and/or ambushed and the killers came from that town or city.Maybe those “innocent” afghanis were happy that Americans were gunned down over some dumbass korans.Hold trials if you must but not to appease mobs or for political gainwith an enemy.