Sanford Chief: ‘No Winners, Especially For…Family’ Of Slain Teen, Trayvon Martin

Source: Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel

While an angry crowd of critics stood by, sometimes shouting at him, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee on Monday admitted that his detectives do not have enough evidence to arrest a white neighborhood crime watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black 17-year-old from Miami.

George Zimmerman told police he acted in self defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin Feb. 26 in a gated community.

“Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” the chief said.

Sanford police detectives were expected to finish their work on the case Monday, the chief said, and would forward the matter to the state attorney’s office Tuesday, which would make a charging decision.

But that did not satisfy the small crowd that had gathered outside Sanford’s City Hall. More than a dozen members of Sanford’s black community joined a group of reporters and TV cameras to listen to what the chief, mayor and city manager had to say about the case.

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