Police chief steps down as protests at shooting of Florida teen grow


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The Independent US

The Florida police chief who has faced widespread criticism for the failure to arrest a neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager has stepped down temporarily.

Bill Lee, Chief of Police in Sanford, said he was stepping down because he had become a distraction to the investigation into why George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, 17, in a gated community.

"My son did not deserve to die," Tracy Martin, pictured right, said on Wednesday evening after thanking hundreds of people who took part in a protest march in Manhattan. Racial tensions rose in the wake of the shooting.