Trayvon Martin Case: Call for Police Chief to Resign

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

There are calls for the Florida police chief who investigated the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to resign.

The 17-year-old boy was shot and killed last month by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, but Martin was unarmed. Supporters of Martin say Zimmerman shot him because he was black. Zimmerman is white.

The Guardian reports that civil rights activists are outraged that Sanford police chief Bill Lee still has not arrested Zimmerman. Lee said that he cannot arrest Zimmerman because there is no evidence to contradict his claim of self-defense. He called his investigation "fair and thorough."

But activists say it was anything but, and Lee should step down because of it. They point out that police failed to interview Martin's girlfriend, with whom he was on the phone minutes before the shooting. She said the last thing he said was, "What are you following me for?"

Martin's family said the girlfriend could undermine the self-defense claim. They also say Zimmerman was not tested for drugs or alcohol, which is common in shooting cases. Also, they say police "corrected" witnesses who said they heard the boy cry for help.

 "Any chief who would so allow his officers to so mishandle a situation like this has to go. We will ensure that there is a new chief here in Sanford," NAACP President Ben Jealous said at a town hall meeting in Sanford Tuesday night.

The Justice Department and the FBI are also investigating the case.