Lee had come under fire following concerns that his police department did not adequately handle the fatal shooting last month of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Martin was shot February 26 while walking to the house of his father’s fiancee after a trip to a convenience store. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.
Zimmerman has not been arrested. Police say they have not charged Zimmerman because they have no evidence to contradict his story that he shot in self-defense, leading to a new debate over a controversial state law.
Florida’s deadly force law, also called “stand your ground,” allows people to meet “force with force” if they believe that there is danger of serious harm to themselves or someone else.
A Seminole County grand jury will convene on the matter April 10, according to State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.