UPDATED-- VIDEO: Sanford, Fla. police chief in Trayvon Martin case, Bill Lee, "temporarily" stepping aside

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The live feed is over, but Police Chief Bill Lee in the Trayvon Martin case is stepping aside "temporarily."

He said he still stands by the conduct of his department.

Video coming. H/t: @ReasonVsFear for video

UPDATE via an L.A. Times email alert:

Bill Lee has temporarily stepped down as police chief in Sanford, Fla. after community complaints about how he handled the case of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death by a white neighborhood watch officer.

At a televised news conference today, Lee announced that he was stepping aside because his leadership has become "a distraction." His announcement came hours before a scheduled demonstration to protest the killing last month of Martin, 17, by George Zimmerman.

On Wednesday night, city commissioners expressed their lack of confidence in Lee by a 3-2 vote.

More at latimes.com.

A CNN alert adds, "Justice Department officials planned to meet today with the parents of Martin, who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in the Orlando suburb last month."

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  • Blt707

    I don't care about Lee stepping aside "temporarily," but I do care about justice being served. There is no way any of this should have gone down as it has, from the beginning to present.

  • differentdrummer

    A lot of people are criticizing the city manager for not firing Lee immediately, but I respect that; the city manager's job here is to make sure there's an airtight case of misconduct independently verified so Lee can't sue the city when he's fired.