MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced Friday that two captains will run the city’s police force while Chief Bill Lee temporarily leaves the top job.

Capt. Robert O’Connor, who ran the investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, and Capt. Darren Scott will lead the department, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Bonaparte said that the city of Sanford was still open for business and asked people to come and see the city for themselves.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama weighed in on the Trayvon Martin shooting from the Rose Garden calling the situation a “tragedy” in his first public comments on the subject.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” President Obama said. “And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.”

“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened,” Obama said, according to

Obama’s likely rival in November, Republican Mitt Romney also addressed the situation agreeing with the President that the situation was a “tragedy.”

“What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy,” Romney said. “There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

Obama’s comments came just hours after Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, appeared on CBS This Morning. Tracy Martin said his son was a hero and that he saved his life by pulling him out of a fire.

“And at his time of need, I wasn’t there to save his life,” he said. “But I pledge my life to continue to push forward until we get justice for my son.”

“Trayvon has a grandfather that is a retired police officer in Miami, so he knows to respect authority,” Fulton said. “He knows about the police, he’s not afraid of the police. However, he’s seen this guy (Zimmerman) as a stranger, so of course he’s going to try to run. He’s going to try to get away. He’s going to try to avoid any situation. And that’s what we really believe, that he was really trying to get away.”

Thursday, the Sanford Police Chief, Bill Lee, announced he was temporarily stepping down while the investigation into Martin’s shooting death continues. His comments also came just hours after a massive rally was held in Sanford.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was gunned down in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood last month. The shooter, George Zimmerman, said he was acting in self-defense, though 911 calls have called his actions into question.

Martin was unarmed at the time of the shooting and was only carrying a bag of Skittles and some iced tea.

When asked by CBS what it was that both Martin and Fulton wanted the most, Fulton answered succinctly, “We want George Zimmerman arrested for this crime.”

Thursday night, Congressman Allen West called the Martin case, “an outrage” in a posting on his personal Facebook page.

“The U.S. Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days,” West continued. “The shooter, Mr. Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit.”

C0ngresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, also head of the Democratic National Committee, weighed in Friday on the Martin case as well, calling it a “tragedy.”

“I am pleased that the Department of Justice is looking into this incident and that a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate this case,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I am hopeful that federal, state and local coordination will ensure a complete and thorough investigation. My thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Trayvon Martin’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Comments (8)
  1. maxmaxwell says:

    stay out of our state affairs Obamma, you are doing a bang up job with the fed, and we don’t need your clowns poking around down here.
    maybe if you did have a son, he would look like his mother and save us all the pain.

  2. thomas mc says:

    The Right Wing Bigotry and Hate sure is thick today! Lucifer must be so proud.

    When they said they wanted to take us back to the 50s, I guess this is what they meant.

  3. Charles says:

    “The Right Wing Bigotry and Hate sure is thick today!?”

    Oh, puh-leeze, tmc, you sound just like a knee-jerk, reactionary, puss’bag.

    While you’re at throwing the ckiches around, why don’t you throw-in the “R” word as well; it’s very convenient you know.

    Yes, people with a level headed approach to the problem, people who have their heads in the science of the situation, rather than up-their-butts, must be RACISTS; right?!

    And Al Sharpton is the voice of morality too, right?! As far as I’m concerned he lost his credibility with the Tawana Brawley case.

    Keep your eye on the ball.

  4. LANITAJONES says:


  5. poorwhiteboy says:

    Support a thug OBAMA. Bet you wish you had one like him ….DEAD

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