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Former Sanford Police Chief: City Wanted an Arrest, Mishandled Evidence

Former Sanford police chief Bill Lee says he was pressured to arrest George Zimmerman despite a lack of sufficient evidence to prove he was guilty of a crime. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Lee recounts how a city manager askedShow More Summary

Fired Sanford Police Chief Was Told 'We Just Want an Arrest' of Zimmerman

In an interview with CNN, former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee explained that he was fired from his post for trying to conduct an objective investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Lee told CNN that he decided not to arrest George Zimmerman because doing so would be a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. Show More Summary

Ex-Sanford Police Chief Tells CNN He Was Fired For Not Arresting Zimmerman

last yearNews : Mediaite

Former Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee claimed on CNN today that he was fired last year because he didn't want to arrest George Zimmerman. He says there was a lot of pressure because city officials just wanted him arrested for killing Trayvon Martin as means of placating the public. Lee says he refused, and as a result...

Emails Show Vitriol Toward Sanford Police Chief

In his waning days as Sanford police chief, Bill Lee received blistering emails with every curse word imaginable, criticizing him for not immediately arresting George Zimmerman for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Fired Over Handling Of Trayvon Martin Shooting

This guy should’ve been fired a long time ago – like before his lil half a$$ leave of absence. Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a Wednesday statement that he relieved Chief Bill Lee of duty because he

Florida Police Chief Involved In Trayvon Martin Case Fired Yesterday

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee — the police chief of the department responsible for handling the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin case — was fired yesterday, city officials confirm. Lee has been on paid leave since March 22, when he declared himself a “distraction” from the high-profile, racially-charged case. He attempted to hand in his [...]

Sanford Police Chief Fired

[Content Note: Violence; racism.]Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee, whose resignation after failing to charge George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was rejected by city commissioners in April, has now been fired, with...Show More Summary

Trayvon Martin Case: Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee fired

2 years agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

City Manager Norton Bonaparte said Sanford needs to 'move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support'

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Fired

The latest news in the Trayvon Martin case:The Sanford police chief who failed to arrest George…

Sanford Officially Fires Former Police Chief Bill Lee

Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte has issued a press release stating Police Chief Bill Lee, who has been on paid leave since he submitted his resignation in April, has been terminated. "After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration...Show More Summary

Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Fired

Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee, who had faced a firestorm of criticism for his handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation, has been fired, reports WOFL-Channel 35 in Orlando. Lee's spokeswoman confirmed his termination to CNN, adding that Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte (so close) made the call ... More »

Sanford, FL Police Chief Fired

Bill Lee, the chief of police when Trayvon Martin was killed, has been fired.  In March, he had said he was stepping down temporarily in the wake of the public furor over the failure of the police to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has said his shooting of Martin on February 26 was an act of self-defense.…

Five months after Trayvon Martin shooting, Sanford police chief fired

2 years agoNews : Field Notes

SANFORD, Fla. -- Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who came under fire for his department's handling of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has been fired, City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced in statement on Wednesday evening. “After much thoughtful dis …

Orlando Sentinel Reports George Zimmerman Claim That Trayvon Martin Circled His SUV

2 years agoNews : Mediaite

There are a couple of updates to report today in the ongoing case involving the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. First, Richard Myers is stepping in to replace Bill Lee as the Police Chief of Sanford, Florida -- the town...Show More Summary

Sanford city manager admits pushing police chief to quit over Trayvon Martin case

2 years agoNews : Field Notes

SANFORD, Fla. -- City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. acknowledges that he put pressure last week on Police Chief Bill Lee to step down over the Trayvon Martin case, though he stopped short of saying whether he threatened to fire Lee.

Sanford Commissioner Explains Her Lengthy Speech Refusing Police Chief’s Resignation To Megyn Kelly

2 years agoNews : Mediaite

On Wednesday, Sanford FL Commissioner Patty Mahany defended her passionate defense of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee on Megyn Kelly's American Live.

Trayvon police chief denied resignation

First they wanted him, then they didn’t, now they want him again. Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee tried to quit today, and failed. The Sanford City Commission rejected his resignation in a 3-2 vote, with some officials deeming it the result of political pressure from City Ma …

Sanford City Officials Won't Let Police Chief Bill Lee Resign Amid The Trayvon Martin Controversy

Earlier today, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee reportedly made plans to submit his resignation, following controversy from his involvement in the Trayvon Martin shooting. The Orlando Sentinel is now reporting that city officals, including...Show More Summary

Trayvon Martin Fallout: Sanford, Fla. commission rejects police chief Bill Lee's resignation

2 years agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

In 3-2 vote, commission rejects Chief Bill Lee's resignation after he temporarily resigned over the Trayvon Martin shooting

Trayvon Martin Case: Sanford, Fla. Rejects Resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee

2 years agoNews : NewsFeed

Although Bill Lee, the Sanford, Fla. Police Chief embroiled in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, officially tendered his resignation, city commissioners voted to reject it Monday, compounding the city’s difficulties in responding to what has become a story of nationwide interest. Lee temporarily stepped down from his duties in March after losing a vote of [...]

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