Sanford police chief Bill Lee was fired on Wednesday. As more information is released in the slaying of Trayvon Martin, the pressure became too much for Sanford, Florida’s city leaders. The city commissioners refused to accept Lee’s resignation back in April and instead opted for a formal dismissal this week.
Many feel the police chief should have done more in regards to the arrest of George Zimmerman. Lee said the reason Zimmerman was not arrested was because there was nothing to prove that his account of what happened was false. The national debate on the reasons behind the murder of Trayvon Martin has been heated since February. Unfortunately the incoming Sanford police chief will have his hands full until at least the conclusion of the second degree murder case against George Zimmerman.
In the end Bill Lee’s inaction will haunt him forever. While he may have felt like he was following the letter of the law, his conscience had to know that Trayvon’s life was lost and more should have been done. The death of a 17-year-old boy who had nothing but skittles and an iced tea should never, ever be written off as simple self-defense. In the death of a minor the investigation should always be extensive.