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Florida city commission rejects police chief's resignation in Trayvon Martin case
cnn.com ^ | 4/23/12

Posted on 04/23/2012 3:50:22 PM PDT by Justaham

The Sanford, Florida, City Commission decided Monday not to accept the proposed resignation of its embattled police chief, who has been under fire for the handling of the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death in February.

Chief Bill Lee has been on leave since March 22, a day after the commission expressed a lack of confidence in him for how he's handled the investigation. George Zimmerman, who has said he killed the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense, was not arrested after being questioned by police the night of the shooting. He was charged weeks later with second-degree murder.

Earlier Monday, the city announced in a statement that a separation agreement had been reached with Lee to resign. If it was approved by the City Commission, it would have taken effect at midnight.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: billlee; braking; georgezimmerman; sanford; sowhat; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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1 posted on 04/23/2012 3:50:30 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Sepuku by race.


2 posted on 04/23/2012 3:51:33 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Justaham

I hope that’s the end of the nonsense.

I figure that the press leaned on the commissioners, and the race baiters screamed at them, until they caved. And then maybe the people of the town leaned on them the other way, and threatened to vote them out, if they kicked out a police chief who was just doing his job. That’s sheer speculation, but that’s the way town governments tend to work.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 3:54:34 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Justaham
He was charged weeks later with second-degree murder

Because of political pressure.

4 posted on 04/23/2012 3:55:26 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: Justaham

Good.

It’s time to stop letting them walk all over us.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 3:55:59 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: maggief; Cboldt; 2ndDivisionVet

What the .....


6 posted on 04/23/2012 3:56:39 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Justaham
ENOUGH COERCION FROM THE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS! LET THE RULE OF LAW PREVAIL.. TAKE A STAND!
7 posted on 04/23/2012 4:00:51 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: hoosiermama

Odd.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 4:01:19 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Justaham

Hahahahaha! I love this case! Mr. Zimmerman will be a multi-millionaire before he’s 30!!


9 posted on 04/23/2012 4:08:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
BLOAT!!
10 posted on 04/23/2012 4:08:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Fox just said that a group was in attendance supporting “Billy”. Rev Al was named as being an outside force. People want to run their own town not be intimidated by those outside of it. Two were strongly for him. Showed the woman pictured in an earlier thread asking what he did wrong. Mayor flipped and joined those who wanted to run their own town.


11 posted on 04/23/2012 4:10:08 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Justaham

I’m VERY happy to read this!!!


12 posted on 04/23/2012 4:11:50 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Add this action to the planned rally in support of George on Sunday and I’d say the good people of Sanford have had enough of the “outside” forces....Rev Al Sharpton by name.

Group today were wearing t shirts and wrist band with “We back Billy” on them.


13 posted on 04/23/2012 4:14:03 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: hoosiermama

I think people are realizing that the prosecution’s case is incredibly weak.


14 posted on 04/23/2012 4:15:22 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Justaham

Holders people wont like this.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 4:16:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Justaham

Good news indeed, that a bit of common sense is being shown for once.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 4:18:10 PM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: hoosiermama

What you are seeing here are some of the people who have had their lives and careers ruined by a pack of Nifong’esque lies setting themselves up for damages in the litigation that will follow when this whole thing blows up in the face of the outside agitators who have misrepresented the facts .

The police chief is setting himself up for a wrongful termination suit against the city if they force him to resign and Zimmerman’s Lawyer is setting Zimmerman and himself up for a big fee and damages award for obvious reasons.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Justaham
Good evening

Just a side note. If there is rioting in Sanford it won't be pretty, or long lived. Not just because of the rioters, but because almost everyone in Sanford is armed, to include Afro-American business owners.

Another side note, to those across the country who may want to take advantage of the situation: let the games begin...

5.56mm

18 posted on 04/23/2012 4:21:15 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: trappedincanuckistan

The thugs and the national and Miami media are still in race card mode.


19 posted on 04/23/2012 4:21:24 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Justaham

Well, this didn’t turn out like The Won(s) thought it would now did it?


20 posted on 04/23/2012 4:23:43 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m sure they are, but people that weren’t familiar with all the ins and outs, and that were waiting for more information to come out are moving toward Zimmerman as more information becomes is available. That’s my sense anyway.

Information is the enemy of the race baiters.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 4:29:24 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: the_daug

But the prosecutor expressly denied that it had anything to do with political pressure. Are you calling her a liar?


22 posted on 04/23/2012 4:31:49 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Justaham

Ha!


23 posted on 04/23/2012 4:39:26 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Last of the Mohicans

if the shoe fits


24 posted on 04/23/2012 4:41:01 PM PDT by jneesy (rough seas make skillful sailors)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe he’s innocent, but why should he be paid just for being innocent? I’m innocent, too, but I don’t get paid anything.


25 posted on 04/23/2012 4:41:11 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Have you been accused of murdering a minor because of his race and had your reputation ruined throughout the world? Richard Jewell was accused of setting a bomb at the Olympics and made millions when the truth came out. This is at least 10X worse.


26 posted on 04/23/2012 4:44:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Eleutheria5

Have you been accused of murdering a minor because of his race and had your reputation ruined throughout the world? Richard Jewell was accused of setting a bomb at the Olympics and made millions when the truth came out. This is at least 10X worse.


27 posted on 04/23/2012 4:44:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Justaham

Good for them!


28 posted on 04/23/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: jneesy

I can’t believe that you would question the integrity of an elected public official.


29 posted on 04/23/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Eleutheria5
Maybe he’s innocent, but why should he be paid just for being innocent?

He wouldn't receive anything simply for being innocent, but because other people have libeled and slandered him, and their libels and slanders have destroyed his reputation and threatened his freedom.

30 posted on 04/23/2012 4:46:21 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Justaham
This is good news. Most Americans are fed up with people being Nifonged--and they're speaking up about it.


31 posted on 04/23/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Justaham
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Martin's family, criticized the commission for not letting Lee step down.

"Sanford residents deserve quality leadership in law enforcement who will handle investigations fairly for all people," he said. "If Chief Bill Lee recognized that his resignation would help start the healing process in Sanford, city leadership should have accepted it in an effort to move the city forward."
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Two of the commissioners disagreed with Crump.

.....................Mahany, for one, said Monday that reports of gaping rifts in Sanford along racial lines have been vastly overstated, adding, "I don't think Sanford needs healing."

And Jones, the other dissenting commissioner, blamed outsiders for fanning the flames.

"It is not Sanford residents who created this firestorm," he said. "It was brought in from the outside. We all know it."


Good for them.
32 posted on 04/23/2012 4:50:40 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Eleutheria5

Maybe he’s innocent, but why should he be paid just for being innocent? I’m innocent, too, but I don’t get paid anything.

Why should he be financially destroyed if he’s innocent?


33 posted on 04/23/2012 4:54:43 PM PDT by Figment
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he is alive to accept it. I understand he’s officially disarmed, by order of the court.


34 posted on 04/23/2012 4:59:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jewell didn’t collect a cent. He died first.


35 posted on 04/23/2012 5:00:33 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Girlene

WOnder if there is any way we can support those who spoke up from our computers. Do they have contact information?


36 posted on 04/23/2012 5:01:35 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

With the exception of Fat Al, Spike Lee and the MSM, the people who’ve been threatening him are judgment proof. As for the aforementioned, they have high-priced lawyers, and Fat Al was already sued once for libel and slander. Don’t recall him ever paying anything.


37 posted on 04/23/2012 5:07:01 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Justaham

No reason for him to step down just because (sadly) some young NO_LIMIT_xxxxxx did not know his limitations.

Race baiters and media should never influence law and order.


38 posted on 04/23/2012 5:19:53 PM PDT by soycd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Richard Jewell, however, was entirely innocent. He never did anything and was tried and convicted in the media.

Mr. Zimmerman, however, definitely did shoot the kid and kill him. His innocence is predicated on the claim of self defense. Maybe he is innocent, but definitely he did shoot someone.

In criminal cases, people get very worked up over results. If a new mother with an infant in a stroller are run over and killed, everyone wants the driver to be charged with murder, even though he might have only gone a little to fast and didn’t see that the road was wet from a sprinkler. They’ll want to charge the one who put the sprinkler out there, a charge which no judge would let survive five minutes.

In this case, that phenomenon works both ways. People are furious over the age of Trayvon Martin and the racial component, on the one hand. On the other, they’re furious at the cavalier manner in which Zimmerman’s life is being ruined beyond repair even though he might be innocent. I don’t think in a civil case he’d be able to get a jury free of the people furiously against him, and if he waives trial by jury, I don’t think he’ll get a judge willing to give him a runaway award. I doubt he’ll come out wholly unscathed from the criminal case. Probably get manslaughter in some degree or other, which will queer his civil case prospects even if his conviction is later overturned on appeal. It’s not pleasant to contemplate, but I think he’ll have to settle for having his freedom and move to another state.


39 posted on 04/23/2012 5:28:59 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

In case you didn’t get the memo, the news lied about the entire case and this guy can’t even walk around on a public street anymore.


40 posted on 04/23/2012 5:29:58 PM PDT by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: soycd

ditto


41 posted on 04/23/2012 5:30:31 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Justaham

Good news, I guess. If this guy has been receiving threats to his family I can see why he would want out.


42 posted on 04/23/2012 5:30:52 PM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I looked it up a few minutes ago and he collected from most.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jewell


43 posted on 04/23/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Eleutheria5

There probably would have been a lot less threats if your list of scoundrels hadn’t lied about the entire case on TV.


44 posted on 04/23/2012 5:31:48 PM PDT by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: rdcbn
The Prosecutor who reminded me of the Nazi Judge conducting the show trial after the bombing at Hitler's compound. Where he was screaming like a mad man.

That dirt bag Prosecutor belongs in jail and should be stripped of his law liscense along with that woman who looks like Miss Piggy.

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP should be sued for inciting violence and libel.

Trayon's mother and baby daddy should be sued and also criminally charged for libel.

I'd love for nothing more to see Trayvoooooon's parents sitting in a prison cell for the damage they are doing to this country.

45 posted on 04/23/2012 5:44:13 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go Bulls!!! Go Blackhawks!!! Go White Sox!!!)
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To: treetopsandroofs

So it is, and that’s good. I had seen articles that indicated he got next to nothing.


46 posted on 04/23/2012 5:44:42 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Eleutheria5; 2ndDivisionVet
Mr. Zimmerman, however, definitely did shoot the kid and kill him. His innocence is predicated on the claim of self defense. Maybe he is innocent, but definitely he did shoot someone.

Or Zimmerman had the gun in his hand and Trayvon, pulling on it in the opposite direction of the pressure of Zimmerman's finger on the trigger, trying to wrest it from his grasp, caused it to go off.
47 posted on 04/23/2012 5:44:48 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: aruanan
Have wondered since there were some inconsistency with the gun casing etc, if the gun actually had gotten out of the holster. Your description would fit into that scenario.
48 posted on 04/23/2012 5:50:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: Eleutheria5
Probably get manslaughter in some degree or other

Based on what? The charging document was woefully lacking, and the investigator, under oath, in court, said they had no evidence that it wasn't self defense.

The state has to prove "Beyond reasonable doubt" that it wasn't self defense.

Maybe you should turn off the television. Real life isn't like the shows.

/johnny

49 posted on 04/23/2012 5:51:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: hoosiermama
Don't know. Here's a rundown of what happened in the meeting. Police Chief Resignation Rejected in Florida

A petition for the chief is here, Support for Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee and Sanford Police Department
50 posted on 04/23/2012 6:01:29 PM PDT by Girlene
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