The Sanford City Commission voted to not accept the resignation of the city’s police chief, Bill Lee, sparking a round of comments on Twitter:
It’s interesting that the talk on Twitter spiked the way it did — there does not seem to be sustained outrage, at this point, about the commission’s actions.
You can read the Orlando Sentinel article I linked to for coverage of the event, including the reasons given for not accepting the resignation. Personally, I think it’s a bit of a gamble for the city. If Zimmerman is convicted, then maybe pressure on the city and the police will fade away. But if Zimmerman is not convicted, there’s going to be harsh questioning of whether the police’s handling of the case “lost the conviction.” Pressure, then, to fire the police chief is going to be nearly irresistible, and the commissioners are going to face some awkward questions about why they didn’t take today’s opportunity. And there’s going to be a lot more talking on Twitter about it.