Fog/Mist
51°FFog/MistFull Forecast

Ill. cop named chief in city where Fla. teen slain

Published: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 6:00 a.m. CDT

ELGIN (AP) — A 25-year veteran of a suburban Chicago police department has been named chief of police in the Florida city where unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was killed.

Cecil Smith is a deputy chief of the Elgin Police Department.

He tells WBBM television (http://cbsloc.al/XRBwEx ) he'll be in Sanford, Fla., next week, which will mark the one-year anniversary of Martin's death.

The 17-year-old black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator who said he was acting in self-defense. The death sparked a national outcry and led to the ouster of Sanford's police chief.

Smith says there has been a great deal of racial distrust in the Sanford community. He says "because it happened, now we have to make sure it never happens again."

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

National video



Reader Poll

There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
Good idea
Bad idea
Not sure
No opinion