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Chief In Fla. Teen's Shooting Gets No Confidence Vote

March 22, 2012  | 

City commissioners in Sanford, Fla., have given their city's chief a no-confidence vote for his handling of the racially tinged shooting of a teenager by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.

Sanford's City Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday night to censor Chief Bill Lee.

Mayor Jeff Triplett told reporters afterward that he voted against the chief over his management and "communication." City manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. told reporters that he will not make a decision about the chief's fate until he learns from an independent law enforcement agency what mistakes police might have made, reports the Miami Herald.

This week the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched their own investigations.

Related:

'Stand Your Ground' Law At Center of Fla. Shooting

Tags: Sanford (Fla.) PD, Command Staff, Police Chiefs, Trayvon Martin Shooting


Comments (4)

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jim a @ 3/23/2012 6:21 AM

I am certainly not any chief's best friend, but this guy is obviously the scapegoat. His council is peaved that he is collecting evidence before making any decisions. No doubt the chief has Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Detectives involved in the decision-making process - but everything is his fault. I understand "ultimate responsibility", but I think the chief might be getting the short end of the stick. Fire the chief and the council members look good to the public. Sick. Sounds to me like the no confidence vote needs to apply to the council.

JimA

Maleman39 @ 3/23/2012 10:41 AM

To Jim A: Hear, hear. I understand the police told the guy NOT to follow the boy, but he did anyway. Police had nothing to do with the shooting. The perp should be tried, not the police.

Random @ 3/24/2012 12:40 AM

This sounds like a principled employer. He could have placed blame on the first officer to write a report on the issue, but decided to investigate before jumping to conclusions. He caught the hot proverbial potato and found it was sticky. May he find success in future ventures.

Bob Camp @ 3/26/2012 6:44 AM

I don't really know the details of this incident. One thing I do know that really bothers me though is this. And I am not trying to take anything away from this horrible tragedy, the loss of someone so young is always tragic, no matter what the circumstances. However, why is it that whenever it's a minority victim, it seems to get so much more attention from everyone from the "President" on down. He, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and all the rest who run to stick their noses into matters like this need to shut up, step back and let the professionals do their job and get to the bottom of this, and then let justice be served. All they do when they butt in is to cause major problems all over the country, and they do not settle anything! That's my take. As a retired twenty two year veteran police officer I think we need to let the pros. do their jobs without pushing so much from the high up judgemental know-it-alls.

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