On November 5, Sanford, Florida Police Chief Cecil Smith told a crowd gathered at City Hall that the police department recommends that no neighborhood watch volunteers be armed from this point forward. The change is in response to the February 2012 incident in which neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. Show More Summary
Although it had been widely reported (including right here at Legal Insurrection) that the Sanford, FL police department had banned Neighborhood Watch volunteers from being lawfully armed, Police Chief Cecil Smith now says that this policy was miscommunicated to the
The police chief in Sanford, Fla. -- where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin – on Tuesday clarified revisions to the city’s neighborhood watch program and whether participants could carry guns. Police C …
“Did you just reach for your gun because it looked like we were losing?” “…. Noooo?” When we last George Zimmerman, his lawyer had just quit following a domestic dispute situation where George’s estranged wife Shellie accused of him going to his truck to get a gun after threatening her and her father. Which seems Read More...
Sanford police officer Chris Serino, the chief investigator on the case, testified that, given all the evidence, he believed Zimmerman was telling the truth. It is well-established that witnesses cannot make credibility judgments.
Last month The New York Times reported that George Zimmerman's trial is is "spotlighting Florida's Stand Your Ground law," even though "that law has not been invoked in this case." By way of explaining that apparent paradox, the Times said...Show More Summary
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
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
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...
On Wednesday, Sanford Chief of Police Cecil Smith told Breitbart News exclusively that there is “nothing out there” suggesting civil unrest will take place in the city following the George Zimmerman verdict. He did state, however, that...Show More Summary
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - In a once-segregated Southern town where a shooting death last year ignited a dispute that polarized America, the new police chief has embraced a simple tactic. He calls it the "walk and talk."
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The former Sanford police chief who lost his job during the fallout from Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting is on the witness stand at George Zimmerman's trial.
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A year after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in this central Florida town, there is a small memorial, a new police chief and an effort to improve race relations.
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A year after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in this central Florida town, there's a small memorial, a new police chief and the stirrings of understanding.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11:11 a.m. EST: Meet Sanford's new back police chief: Incoming Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith is scheduled to take his new post on April 1, just days before George Zimmerman's scheduled "stand your ground" hearing, WFTV reports. Show More Summary
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.
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
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 [...]
[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