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Assistant Chief Mike Sanford Retires from SPD

Today, Assistant Chief Mike Sanford, who heads the Seattle Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau, gave Interim Chief Harry Bailey notice of his intent to retire from the department. In an e-mail dated this afternoon, he writes: Chief...Show More Summary

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Seattle Police Hired the Former OPA Director on a $45K Contract: You remember Kathryn Olson, right? Thought we'd gotten rid of her? Assistant Chief Mark Sanford, who Olson twice cleared of allegations of wrongdoing, hired her back to...Show More Summary

Sanford Police New Neighborhood Watch Guidelines: No Guns Please

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

Sanford Police Chief Walks Back “No Guns on Neighborhood Watch” Policy

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

Guns not actually banned in neighborhood watch program George Zimmerman belonged to

2 years agoNews : Field Notes

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 …

Marjorie Cohn: Key Mistakes Sway Jury in Zimmerman Trial

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.

Former Sanford Police Chief: 'Stand Your Ground' Had Nothing to Do With Zimmerman Decision

2 years agoNews : Reason

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: 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

2 years agoNews : 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...

EXCLUSIVE: Homeland, DOJ Prepare for Zimmerman Verdict Riots

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

Ex-police chief testifies in Trayvon Martin case

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.

Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 52

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

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

3 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…

Florida Police Chief Who Failed To Arrest George Zimmerman Is Out Of A Job

The man who didn't arrest George Zimmerman, despite reports from an investigator urging him to do so, was fired Wednesday from his post as head of the Sanford, Fla., police department. Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte told reporters...Show More Summary

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