Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Trayvon Martin case: Sanford police chief quits, is called 'scapegoat'
LATimes ^ | April 23, 2012 | Michael Muskal

Posted on 04/23/2012 12:39:50 PM PDT by maggief

Bill Lee Jr., who had stepped aside as Sanford, Fla.'s police chief during the investigation of the shooting of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has officially resigned as the community’s top cop, a city commissioner said Monday.

Commissioner Patty Mahany said the chief submitted his resignation over the weekend; Lee temporarily left his post last month amid complaints about how his department handled the investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting. The city commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting late Monday afternoon to discuss Lee's severance package, Mahany said.

"Elected officials used this man as a scapegoat to heal our community," she said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Our community was never broken."

Mahany, who had supported Lee during the political furor over his department’s investigation, called the resignation a "terrible tragedy." She said she blamed civil rights activists whose protests "ruined the reputation and career of a really stellar law enforcement officer."

Lee "is nothing but a scapegoat," Mahany said. "Our police department did nothing wrong."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; lmm; sanford; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 04/23/2012 12:40:00 PM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: maggief

He’ll be replaced by the Black acting-chief?


2 posted on 04/23/2012 12:43:10 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nolongerademocrat
He’ll be replaced by the Black acting-chief?

One who would look like Obama's son, if his son had a dog and was hungry. The son, not the dog.

3 posted on 04/23/2012 12:44:37 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nolongerademocrat

Probably, that’s ‘diversity’ for you.


4 posted on 04/23/2012 12:47:13 PM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

But of course, it is as it should be in Obamaworld. I wish someone could photoshop Obama’s face onto Agent Smith’s body and Mitt’s face onto Neo’s body so that we could vicariously enjoy an epic ass-kicking.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 12:47:27 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: maggief

The power of the mob.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 12:47:41 PM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

City manager is black, I see.

I wonder if Ms. Mahoney is a lone voice of reason, or if she has others on her side. The article doesn’t say.


7 posted on 04/23/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nervous Tick

Let’s see how long Patty Mahany keeps her job.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Lurker
Remember the ‘’top cop’’ from the case where two black guys( one was 17 and the other was in his 40’s) the kid would use a rifle to shoot at people from a hole in the trunk.( wish I could remember the names on the case). I can see a cop like taking over in Sanford.
9 posted on 04/23/2012 12:50:24 PM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: maggief

Hope he has another job lined up: Better pay. Supportive staff.
County needs to hire a completely different chief with NO previous connections to anyone in the community.


10 posted on 04/23/2012 12:52:25 PM PDT by hoosiermama
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

Hell, from the very beginning, Eric Holder’s “peacekeepers” beat him like a rented mule:

“The peacekeepers have a specific mandate outlined in the 1964 Civil Rights Act to go into conflict zones within American communities that perceive discrimination or feel wronged because of their particular race, color or national origin.

“We are unique in that we don’t investigate or prosecute but foster communication between communities,” said acting Community Relations Service director Becky Monroe. “The real goal is to build local capacity to deal with these issues.”

They negotiate, ameliorate and communicate “under strict confidentiality,” Monroe said.

City officials said when battle lines were drawn and dialogue broke down, they called in the conciliators.

“They work behind the scenes and in the trenches to make contact with the various organizations that are represented,” Sanford’s Community Development coordinator Andrew Thomas said. “They make the connections others in the community can’t.”

They helped set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police Chief Bill Lee, said Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.”


11 posted on 04/23/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

No doubt many on the Left believe his “error” was not immediately stringing Zimmerman up by a rope.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by rbg81
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shadeaud
Charles Moose. According to Wiki he's available. He apparently went back to ordinary cop in Hawaii, and lost that job.
13 posted on 04/23/2012 12:56:32 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: shadeaud

Your wish is my command.....

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


14 posted on 04/23/2012 12:57:26 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: shadeaud

That would be the D.C.Beltway sniper case with Charles Moose, Montgomery County Police Chief. Dump as a stump!


15 posted on 04/23/2012 12:59:41 PM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

Obama won’t go hungry, so long as he owns a dog.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 1:07:03 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: maggief

She said she blamed civil rights activists whose protests “ruined the reputation and career of a really stellar law enforcement officer.”

Yep, National community organizer Brak “The Cat in the Hat” Obama (AKA etc. and so on) and his Thing One and Thing Two reverend cronies.


17 posted on 04/23/2012 1:11:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

District 4 Commissioner - Patty Mahany - more guts than most politicians!

http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Zimmerman_Martin_shooting.pdf

Why did Mr. Zimmerman have a firearm in his possession while acting in the role of a neighborhood watch member?

Mr. Zimmerman holds a concealed weapon permit issued from the State of Florida. He is authorized to carry the weapon in a concealed manner wherever Florida Statute dictates. Neighborhood Watch programs are designed for members of a neighborhood to be “eyes and ears” for police and to watch out for their neighbors. They are not members of the Police Department nor are they vigilantes. Training provided by law enforcement agencies to Neighborhood Watch organizations stresses non-contact surveillance of suspicious situations and notifying police of those situations so that law enforcement can respond and take control of the situation.

Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his weapon when this incident occurred. He was in fact on a personal errand in his vehicle when he observed Mr. Martin in the community and called the Sanford Police Department.

18 posted on 04/23/2012 1:18:16 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

News of Lee’s resignation came just hours after Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder earlier this month, was released from jail on a $150,000 bond.

According to a press release from the city, the chief’s resignation would take effect at midnight if commissioners, in a special meeting at 4pm, approve a separation agreement tendered by the chief.

“The city has experienced great turmoil in the past two months and we are hoping to stabilise the department and continue with this time of healing,” City manager Norton Bonaparte said, in a statement.

Captain Darren Scott, who has been serving as acting police chief, will continue in that role while the city continues its search for a replacement, the release said.

When contacted by the Guardian on Monday, the Sanford police department was not immediately available for comment.

Lee’s decision came as George Zimmerman’s lawyer said sorry for the surprise apology his client offered to Trayvon Martin’s parents during his bail bond hearing last Friday.

Mark O’Mara told CBS This Morning that if he had known the apology would upset Martin’s family, he would not have allowed Zimmerman to do it.

“We had reached out to see if we could do it privately,” O’Mara said on Monday. But he said he had been unaware of the family’s response to his request.

O’Mara dismissed the claim that Zimmerman’s comments were aimed at the judge in order to influence the bond hearing. He said he would have advised his client differently had he been aware of the family’s response, which he said wasn’t communicated to him.

He said: “I didn’t realise that the way [Martin’s family] had responded to me was through a press conference where they said it was too late or not an appropriate time.

“To be honest, had I known that – maybe had I seen the press conference – I’m not sure that we would have done it at the bond hearing, because the purpose of it truly was to get to the family and to respond directly to the family’s request. Had I known or been told that that wasn’t the time, it wouldn’t have happened. So I apologise for that.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/23/trayvon-martin-sanford-bill-lee?newsfeed=true


19 posted on 04/23/2012 1:23:34 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nolongerademocrat

He’ll be replaced by the Black acting-chief?

A “usually reliable Lamestream Media source” thinks Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP, ad nauseam - all of the ‘usual suspects’ will issue a demand that Sanford hire General “Buck Naked”.

Google the name if you laughed, ‘cause he lives.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 1:31:43 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

City manager Norton Bonaparte

"“The city has experienced great turmoil in the past two months and we are hoping to stabilise the department and continue with this time of healing,” City manager Norton Bonaparte said, in a statement."

******

Of course the city could heal faster if you ran off the race hustlers!

21 posted on 04/23/2012 1:34:06 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: kcvl
Uncanny!



22 posted on 04/23/2012 1:38:24 PM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

Martin family lawyer is playing mind games....”Hell if you do and hell if you don’t”

He said they were upset. We didn’t hear from the family....and when we did hear from the mother, then the lawyer said she didn’t say or mean what she said.

He’s a shyster if there ever was one. Hope he crosses the line so the Martins can sue him for malpractice.


23 posted on 04/23/2012 1:41:53 PM PDT by hoosiermama
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: maggief

Hid big mistake was stepping down “temporarily” in the first place.

All the cops on the force should come down with a bad and prolonged case of “blue flu”.

This is really scary. All they have to do is “threaten” to riot and they get whatever they want. It started years ago when republicans, who wanted to stay in office so bad they’d do anything to get re-elected, refused to stand up to being called racists.


24 posted on 04/23/2012 1:43:38 PM PDT by Terry Mross (A muslim speaking at Notre Dame is like a mormon speaking at Liberty University.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: maggief

It should be noted that Chief Lee had more years (27) as a county level homicide investigator than either of the two so-called investigators who signed the probable cause affidavit on Zimmerman.


25 posted on 04/23/2012 1:43:51 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Terry Mross

Hid should be His.....though Hid seems to work.


26 posted on 04/23/2012 1:49:48 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Gator113

Can anyone help me find a schedule of recommended bail amounts for Florida for various crimes? I’m arguing with an O-bot on Facebook who thinks that Zimmerman got special treatment in his bail amount. Of course I’m arguing that he has been completely cooperative, so that factors in to lowering his bail, but I want to find something for Seminole County specifically if possible that says what their bail amounts are. The only thing I’ve been able to find so far is an order from Belvin Perry that says that bail at first appearance will not be granted for 2nd degree murder, but that is strictly related to first appearances. I cannot find a recommended schedule for various crimes.


27 posted on 04/23/2012 1:53:59 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: RightFighter

Classification of Florida Crimes – Misdemeanors and Felonies

Florida Felony Charges

http://www.myfloridadefenselawyer.com/FlCriminalProcedures.html


28 posted on 04/23/2012 2:11:23 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: RightFighter

Many folks think my screen name means that I am from Florida... I am not, and I am sorry that I don’t know the answer to your question..


29 posted on 04/23/2012 2:14:25 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Gator113

Haha - I didn’t even notice your screen name. If I had, I would have made like a good Seminole and said something mildly insulting. ;)

I’m from Florida and can’t find that info anywhere. Maybe it’s completely up to the judge’s discretion here.


30 posted on 04/23/2012 2:28:09 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: RightFighter

In my state, they work from a bail/bond schedule, but the judge still has wide discretion. I wonder if that info is online with the court of jurisdiction?

Good luck.....


31 posted on 04/23/2012 3:28:37 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: maggief

Such a shame so many victims of Reverend’s Al and Jessie they ought to be run out on a rail themselves.


32 posted on 04/23/2012 4:38:57 PM PDT by Living4theGreatIam (2012 Rino vs.Pinkco)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

Patty gets her wish. Chief keeps his job.


33 posted on 04/23/2012 6:20:13 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: All

Resignation of chief in Martin case rejected

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/trayvon_martin/042312-Sanford-police-chief-resigns


34 posted on 04/24/2012 10:33:21 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: All

Sanford Commission votes against police chief’s resignation

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Sanford-Commission-denies-police-chief-s-resignation/-/1637132/11643760/-/gm7yuvz/-/


35 posted on 04/24/2012 10:43:46 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson