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Friday, March 23,2012

Police Chief Steps Aside in Wake of Trayvon Martin Controversy

The local police chief who investigated the death of Trayvon Martin announced Thursday afternoon that he will temporarily step down from his position, the Associated Press reports.

"I do this to return some semblance of calm to the city," Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said at a press conference. Lee had been criticized after police did not arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the Florida teen last month.

The move comes one day after the Sanford City Commission issued a vote of no confidence for the police chief, characterizing his investigation into the shooting as "deeply flawed."

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