Mar 22, 2012

News Alert: Police Chief in Sanford, Fla., Stepping Aside Amid Shooting Controversy

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The New York Times
Thursday, March 22, 2012 -- 4:05 PM EDT
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Police Chief in Sanford, Fla., Stepping Aside Amid Shooting Controversy

The police chief at the center of a fatal neighborhood watch shooting says he is stepping down temporarily because he has become a distraction.

Bill Lee, the chief of police in Sanford, Fla., made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday. Mr. Lee has been criticized after police did not arrest George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, to death on Feb. 26.

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