April 24th, 2012
09:30 AM ET

Town where Trayvon Martin died in 'limbo' after city nixes chief's resignation

The rejection of the resignation plan for the embattled police chief in the Trayvon Martin case leaves the city in "limbo," the city manager said Tuesday.

"It would be better for us to have a separation," Sanford, Florida, City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte told CNN, speaking about Chief Bill Lee. "It will be challenging for him to come back."

City commissioners in Sanford voted Monday to reject the proposed resignation of Lee, who has been under fire for the handling of the probe into Trayvon Martin's death in February.

Lee has been on paid leave since March 22, a day after the commission expressed a lack of confidence in him because of the case. He remains so after the commission's decision, and Capt. Darren Scott continues to serve as acting chief.

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  1. banasy©

    I am wondering just what the plan was that was rejected by the commisoners – for the agreement was one that even Lee agreed to.
    This whole case is lurid all around.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The city commissioners were correct in not accepting Lee's resignation.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    I think the local officials will eventually be proven right in failing to file charges initailly, due to having an unwinnable case.

    April 24, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    A man has gun.
    Hey man, have fun.
    What a good shot, man.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just remember...these are commissioners in the big time....Floriduh! EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE IN THE LIMELIGHT! The Commissioners are kinda like Ford. They have a "better idea", but not necessarily the best....you see they weren't at trhe scene either. "Load more rounds" is a good gun law!

    April 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    This case, as most such cases are, is now cloaked in emotions running high and tensions. While I greatly sympathize with family of the teen tragically killed, I do hope Zimmerman gets a fair trial.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The commissioners were not at the scene of the shooting death.
    Nobody that I actually trust was at the scene.
    I could not vote to convict Zimmerman on anybody's word.
    Maybe there is hard evidence to support a conviction of second-degree murder. If such evidence exists, it should be presented at the trial.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tooter

    The comissioners are right to refuse his resignation. We had the same thing happen around my home town only the shooter was black and the dead victim was white. No one was asked to resign and the white people are not rioting even though the shooter has never been charged or at least he is still free on bond two years later.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    He's still getting paid so I doubt "limbo" bothers him much. @bob: hey man, nice shot! love Filter.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      m.s. gotta agree with you, on both points.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chuck Taylor

    This is not a difficult case, racists people make it difficult. The kid was killed in cold blood plus he had no weapon and GZ knew it minus witnesses equals free kill

    April 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AMERICA 1st

    This dead kid soap opera has gone on in the news long enough and its to the point to where nobody cares anymore. I didnt from the start of this whole bunch of tabloid fodder. Its time to focus on imporant news!

    April 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    White Matthew Owens of Mobile, Alabama, was beaten Saturday in a seemingly racially motivated incident that one of the African-American attackers reportedly called, "justice for Trayvon."
    Is there any chance that a comment section might be opened for that incident?

    April 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      CNN doesnt want this to be seen because it is effecting the black votes for President Obama. A lot of people of ALL colors are suffering right now.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. sosualiving

    CNN Shame on you for not reporting on Alton Hayes. The blakman that attacked the white boy trying to get even for Travon Martin.FOX news is the real and only fair and balanced news.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |