New Sanford police chief promises total review

Chief said he wants to help heal the emotional wounds caused by the shooting death of Trayvon Martin


Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. — The new interim chief of the Sanford Police Department says he'll conduct an "A to Z" review following fallout from the Trayvon Martin case.

Chief Rick Myers said Friday he wants to help heal the emotional wounds caused by the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He says he will reach out to people in Sanford who feel they've been ignored by the police.

Myers was appointed the interim chief until city officials decide the future of former Police Chief Bill Lee.

Lee stepped aside on a temporary basis after Martin's death to let emotions cool down.

Authorities say 17-year-old Martin died during a fight with Zimmerman, who claims self-defense and has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge.

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