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The Sanford, Florida Chief of Police Bill Lee, has decided under intense pressure, to “temporarily” resigned from his position after receiving national criticism for his handling of the Trayvon Martin murder case. Lee said he was stepping down because he felt his presence has become a distraction to the investigation of the case.

Apparently, City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr is the only one who can actually remove the chief from the job, and so far, Bonaparte has been reluctant to make such a move. A grand jury has been convened for April 10th, but that three-week wait is unacceptable to the Martin family and the thousands of protesters who showed up in Sanford today to call for justice.

Bonaparte says he is waiting on the results from an independent investigation being done by the State Attorney’s Office, but no timetable was mentioned as to when that might be. Meanwhile, tensions are on the rise in Sanford as long as alleged child murderer George Zimmerman is walking free.

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