The Sanford police chief who failed to arrest George Zimmerman immediately after the fatal shooting of Miami-Dade teen Trayvon Martin four months ago — and brought national attention and derision to the Central Florida city — has been terminated.
The announcement was made late Wednesday night by Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte, who said in a news release that Police Chief Bill Lee “has been relieved of his duties” effective immediately. The chief had been on paid leave.
Bonaparte implied the firing stemmed from the impact of Lee’s handling of the Trayvon Martin on the city of Sanford.
“I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city,” the manager said in the statement. The decision was made after a meeting earlier in the day.
The shooting of the 17-year-old that has sparked national outrage also has painted Sanford in an unfavorable light across the country.
“After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the city of Sanford, I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” Bonaparte said in the statement. “We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support.”
A nationwide search will begin for a replacement.
According to Lee’s employment agreement, he will receive a severance of three months and one week’s salary, in addition to any earned time off.
Please do not trust the media! I live in Sanford,Fl.and i can asure you that chief Bill Lee was well respected and liked Here in Sanford and most of the city councal did not want the chief to step down we realy didn't have a race problem until Jesse and al and his croonie's came to town most of the protesters were bussed in for a dog and pony show .
but its gotta be truuuuuuuuuuue, its on da innernat thingamabob!!!!
thanks for the truth update karen ;)
please wacth this Sanford city council meeting on Chief Bill lee I tryed to copy and paste the video and couldn't get it up here this will let you know how we feel about the chief
here Karen, got the vid up for you
Thank you Hollywood Did you watch this and read the comments:)
but of course ;)
on a youtube vid:
ya need the "Embed" code for it, and also it helps to check the box "Use old embed code"
Copy that code then click the video icon(3rd from left) the a post your making and paste code there
These BASTERDS held the city of Sanford as prisoners It should rase an eye brow That the Feds can come to town and tell the locals what to do this tells me who is running the sunshine state.
The picture is to make all folks act like the jews in germany and cower in the corners instead of turning the tables on the trouble makers. Here it is plain that the newspaper needs straightening and the cowardly city manager. That includes the others that are prosecuting.
Karen: I had something like this happen to me some years back.....The citizens got together, packed the councel chambers in protest....in my case, someone (unknown, but I suspect a councel member friend) saw I was getting the screws, called the FBI...after a 4 month protest and FBI investigation (civil rights violations) the city attorney, mayor and several councel members resigned......I was fully reinstated. Get those good folk together and cram that councel chambers, they are answerable to the public...support this guy if he was a good Chief of Police.......organize a public protest......Semper Fi