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Slowly but surely progress is being made in Trayvon Martin’s case. Yesterday afternoon Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. announced that Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. is temporarily stepping down from his position amid rising anger over his handling of the investigation into the teenager’s death.

Bonaparte told reporters he hoped the move would “restore calm to the city of Sanford,” and it’s likely no coincidence that the announcement came only a few hours before a rally led by Al Sharpton was to be held in a local park in the city. Lee told attendees at the press conference:

“I am aware that my role as the head of the department has become a distraction. I have come to the decision to temporarily remove myself.”

So far, an interim chief has not yet been appointed, and while Lee’s decision to remove himself temporarily is a step in the right direction, most don’t want to see him return.

“I’m elated that the chief decided to step aside and allow the city to heal,”  said Turner Clayton, head of the local NAACP. “But it will be a whole lot better if he just goes ahead and resigns permanently. This is just a temporary fix for right now, of course, we’re looking for a permanent fix.”

Pending the outcome of the FBI’s investigation that could very well happen.

Do you think the police chief is delaying the inevitable with this temporary resignation?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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