Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Steps Down

View of Park Avenue, Sanford, Florida

View of Park Avenue, Sanford, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The police chief in Sanford, Florida, says he is temporarily stepping aside because his role in the Trayvon Martin case has become a “distraction.”

Bill Lee’s announcement came a day after the Sanford City Commission gave him a no-confidence vote over his handling of the teenager’s fatal shooting.

Justice Department officials planned to meet with the parents of Mr. Martin, who was unarmed when he was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month. The federal agency has launched a civil rights investigation into the case.

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France Shooter Dead after Standoff with Police

The suspect in seven killings in and around the southern French city of Toulouse is dead after a police siege of his apartment lasting more than thirty-one hours.

Mohammed Merah was wanted in the killings of three French paratroopers and of three students and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, in a string of shootings that began on March 11.

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