Trayvon Martin fallout
The Kansas City Star
You knew it was coming.
Bill Lee, police chief in Sanford, Fla., was relieved of duty Wednesday in the ongoing fallout from the Trayvon Martin shooting. Lee was on the job when charges were declined against George Zimmerman in the February slaying of the 17-year-old because of Florida’s stand your ground gun laws and Zimmerman contending that the shooting was in self-defense.
However, nationwide protests forced a re-examination of the case, leading to homicide charges against Zimmerman. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Zimmerman and his wife are now jailed after trying to keep secret a bonanza of funds they had acquired from donations after the homicide.
That and other things that have surfaced have seriously indicted Zimmerman’s credibility and eroded the public trust in Lee believing in Zimmerman. It all led to Lee’s ouster.