Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee, who drew intense criticism for his department’s actions regarding the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has officially been fired, according to his spokeswoman.
Spokeswoman Sara Brady said that the decision to dismiss Lee was made by Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte.
Lee had tried to step down back in April, but city commissioners voted not to accept his resignation letter.
In March, he had stated that he would step down temporarily in the wake of the public outcry over his department’s failure to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin on February 26 in self defense.
The hoodie-wearing 17-year-old was unarmed when he was shot while walking after grabbing some snacks at a local convenience store.
Lee had said that George Zimmerman was never charged because there was nothing to refute version of that afternoon’s events. Since that time, though, Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
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