Wednesday, June 20, 2012
City Manager Fires Police Chief Over Trayvon Martin Case
City Manager Norton Bonaparte, pictured above, announced today that Sanford Police chief Bill Lee had been fired because of his handling of the Trayvon Martin case.
"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," City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a news release.
"We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city."
Well, I guess you could certainly see that coming, for obvious reasons.
Chief Lee was tossed out with three-month severance and a week's salary. Not exactly your standard termination package.Lee's sin, of course, was not arresting Zimmerman and getting him charged with murder immediately, even though he had no credible evidence to do so.
Needless to say, the Martin family and their lawyers were gratified.This is another step towards prejudicing a potential juror pool.
Late Wednesday night, representatives of the Martin family said they "respected" the city manager's decision.
"It's important that we really believe that, as all of this has unfolded, we've continued to move closer to justice," said family attorney Daryl Parks.
'Justice', of course, being a murder two conviction by any means necessary.
Chief Lee had offered to resign before, back in April when the city was deluged with 'activists' led by Al Sharpton, back when the president of the United States weighed in on a pending legal matter. But the city commissioners voted not to accept it.
Apparently they've seen the light now. It's politically important that George Zimmerman gets some kind of jail time, even if it's done by intimidating Zimmerman into copping a plea for a lesser charge.