VIDEO: Police chief at center of Trayvon Martin scandal steps down 'temporarily'

Tracy Martin, left, father of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, join a protest called "A Million Hoodies March" in New York's Union Square March 21, 2012, to demand justice for their son�

The embattled police chief in Sanford, Fla., who critics accuse of bungling the investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin, will step down "temporarily" he said Thursday afternoon.

The announcement comes just a day after the City Commission in Sanford voted it had no confidence in Chief Bill Lee after he and his officers decided not to arrest neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, saying there was not enough evidence to disprove his self-defense argument. Lee said he was "keenly aware of the emotions associated with the tragic death of a child."

Lee defended the department, its officers and actions, but admitted he had become a distraction, offering to step aside while the investigation continued.

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