Police Chief In Trayvon Martin Case To Quit, Sanford police chief Bill Lee to step down: report, Bill Lee, the Sanford, Fla., police chief who last month left his post temporarily amid criticism of his handling of the Trayvon Martin case, plans to step down permanently, according to CNN.
According to the Associated Press, the Sanford city commission will vote to approve the resignation at a meeting Monday.
Lee–who was harshly criticized for not arresting Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, on the night of the Feb. 26 shooting–initially announced he would step aside until the public furor receded.
“I am aware that my role as the head of the department has become a distraction,” Lee said at press conference on March 22. “I have come to the decision to temporarily remove myself.”