Mob justice is met with more mob justice:
Resignation of Police Chief in Martin Case Is Rejected
SANFORD, Fla. — Several hours after the city manager publicly announced that he had reached an agreement with Chief Bill R. Lee Jr. to resign over the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting case, the City Commission voted late Monday afternoon to reject Chief Lee’s resignation.
Mayor Jeff Triplett was among the 3-to-2 majority of commissioners to vote “no confidence” in Chief Lee last month, prompting him to temporarily step aside. But during a special meeting Monday to consider Chief Lee’s future, Mr. Triplett was clearly conflicted amid a spirited debate punctuated with applause and standing ovations from backers of the chief in the audience.
In the end, Mr. Triplett voted in favor of Chief Lee’s remaining in the department, once again as part of a 3-to-2 majority. He said he wanted to review the reports of an independent investigation about the Police Department’s handling of the case before making a decision.
“I am not ready to have him come back and run the Police Department,” Mr. Triplett said. “But I am not ready for this either.”
He's ready to punt after a time-out.
I believe the Times missed a chance for a Sharpton shout-out in this passage:
Patty Mahany, a city commissioner who voted against the resignation agreement, praised Chief Lee during the debate, saying he was one of the finest law enforcement officials in Florida. “At least the city has taken a step back and a deep breath,” she said, insisting the firestorm around the case was driven by outsiders. She also said she wanted an independent review.