How a Miami School Crime Cover-Up Policy Led to Trayvon Martin’s Death

Robert Stacy McCain, American Spectator, July 15, 2013

The February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martion might never have happened if school officials in Miami-Dade County had not instituted an unofficial policy of treating crimes as school disciplinary infractions. Revelations that emerged from an internal affairs investigation explain why Martin was not arrested when caught at school with stolen jewelry in October 2011 or with marijuana in February 2012. Instead, the teenager was suspended from school, the last time just days before he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.

{snip} Martin was from Miami Gardens, more than 200 miles away [from Sanford], and had come to Sanford to stay with his father’s girlfriend Brandy Green at her home in the townhouse community where Zimmerman was in charge of the neighborhood watch. Trayvon was staying with Green after he had been suspended for the second time in six months from Krop High School in Miami-Dade County, where both his father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton, lived.

Both of Trayvon’s suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.” What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions.

In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Office Darryl Dunn searched Martin’s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a man’s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a “burglary tool.” The jewelry and watch, which Martin claimed he had gotten from a friend he refused to name, matched a description of items stolen during the October 2011 burglary of a house on 204th Terrace, about a half-mile from the school. However, because of Chief Hurley’s policy “to lower the arrest rates,” as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewerly was instead listed as “found property” and was never reported to Miami-Dade Police who were investigating the burglary. Similarly, in February 2012 when an MDSPD officer caught Martin with a small plastic bag containing marijuana residue, as well as a marijuana pipe, this was not treated as a crime, and instead Martin was suspended from school.

Either of those incidents could have put Trayvon Martin into the custody of the juvenile justice system. However, because of Chief Hurley’s attempt to reduce the school crime statistics —according to sworn testimony, officers were “basically told to lie and falsify” reports — Martin was never arrested. And if he had been arrested, he might never have been in Sanford the night of his fatal encounter with Zimmerman.



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  • Puggg

    True, the school should have actually punished him while and when they had the chance. But Trayvon Martin’s actions led to the death of Trayvon Martin.

    • MBlanc46

      Agreed, but to decline to prosecute black criminals in order to avoid charges of racism is certainly something that needs to be addressed.

    • George

      Well, the school DID punish him through suspension.

      That means that for a criminal act, a criminal was excluded from school for a set period of time.
      The problem is, that *in addition* to the school suspension, the police should have been called on both occasions. Whether they want to improve the crime statistics or not, a criminal act is a criminal act. The school has a duty to the citizen taxpayers to ensure that students are safe and that law-breaking on public property is dealt with properly.

      • Tom_in_Miami

        And what about the person whose jewelry was stolen? How is he or she going to get the property back?

        • George

          The school turned the jewellery over to the Miami-Dade Police. At the time of the thug’s demise, they had not yet acted upon the matter. According to this article, they probably wouldn’t have done so. As we all know, they no longer need charge the thug, merely return the items to their rightful owner.

          • Items go into Miami-Dade police officers pocket …..

    • dukem1

      I cannot in my wildest dream think of a circumstance in which I, or anyone I ever met in my life would spend a 10 day high school suspension 200 miles away with my dad’s girlfriend.
      Afro-American child-raising at its most innovative.

  • Creepy as a cracker!

    Justice was served on a rainy February night last year!

  • ravitchn

    A race war is inevitable if we don’t use legal means to counter black crime.

    • Ed_NY

      I used to think that was all tinfoil hat stuff but I believe it is going to happen sooner rather than later.

      • ravitchn

        I cannot believe that whites will stand for black nonsense forever.

        • Tom_in_Miami

          I often wonder where the tipping point will be. It seems that when things get bad enough people will wake up and fight back. May be a long way off though. We’re a tolerant people.

      • Sick of it

        With intermarriage increasing, it may not happen. America seems more likely to become Brazil, following the current course.

        • evilsandmich

          And we all know how peaceful Brazil is.

          • Sick of it

            Under a wonderful Communist leadership which employs death squads no less.

    • din_do_nuffins

      Blacks are now infiltrating our legal system that it isn’t legal anymore- it’s a weapon against your White privilege.

    • dd121

      Don’t know if that will happen, but if it does it will probably be after the US Dollar implodes along with the economy. That could set the stage for real chaos. And the delicious irony is that it is Obama and the leftists who are trying to engineer that outcome.

  • kjh64

    I’ve always said that I’ll bet GZ was spot on when he observed TM acting suspicious. I’ll bet TM WAS casing the backs of these homes looking for a chance to steal or burglarize and he attacked GZ when he ran into him again because he was angry that GZ was on to him and thwarted his plans. If TM was merely “walking home while Black” , he would be alive today.

    • Ed_NY

      Of course TM felt disrespected so he had to go whoop a$$. TM made the mistake of bringing a sidewalk to a gun fight.

    • DiversityIsDeath

      That’s what I think too. Trayvon planned on robbing a home or two, but lashed out in violent rage when he realized some creepy ass cracker was observing him peeping into windows and trying doorknobs. Trayvon knew that Zim knew that he was up to no good, and so the jig was up. Imagine the jumble of emotions– shock, anger, shame, spite, frustration, disappointment– flashing through Trayvon’s primitive little mind. No doubt Trayvon believed he was justified in getting even with this evil racist cracker. The plotting negro had it all figured out. He thought he was going to assault this white boy and get away with it, and then brag about it to his homies the next day.

      • Whitetrashgang

        And I am sure he had been bragging to his class mates on what he was going to steal over the weekend and he had to be in class next day. He was running out of time on his whole weekend of crime

    • Oil Can Harry

      Good point. It took 53 minutes for Thug-von to walk the 16 block distance from the 7-11 to where he met Zimmerman.

      I believe it took so long because he was casing homes for possible break-ins.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Just one more way the liberals try to hide the all to obvious truth about black behavior. They dumb down the schools and stop enforcing the rules.

  • din_do_nuffins

    You will see even greater and more successful pushes to force schools to racially equalize punishments for crimes. The trend is toward rethinking crime as “just an unfortunate and isolated incident” when committed by blacks. Fighting stigmatization by not allowing the stigma to stick.

    Instead of fighting against n’ro criminals, society is fighting against Whites developing the healthy and natural kind of hardened mindsets, biases, prejudices, and hatreds that our circumstances now call for.

    Eve Carson, Channon Christian, and Brittny Watts would be alive today if they had been racists.

    “Blacks are very aggressive and they feel empowered with one of their own as president and Eric Holder as Attorney General. But what we see now is nothing compared to what we can expect in the future when violence against Whites will go unprosecuted, not just ignored by the media.”

    -Dr. Kevin MacDonald, Occidental Dissent, 2012

  • JohnEngelman

    I have just thought of an effective way to reduce the black crime rate. Let’s decriminalize mugging, armed robbery, and murder.

    • David Ashton

      But history is out of your hands.

  • Spartacus

    So Saint Skittles was a criminal, what’s new ?

  • Jack Burton

    The state is complicit in the whole thing, and they make allowances for petty black criminals because the workload is so high trying to manage that sociopathic race.

  • willbest

    Trayvon’s death was a tragedy and was totally preventable. If only he were in juvie that day like he was supposed to be he would still be alive.

    • Strider73

      Yes, alive to commit many more home invasions. Then he would have “graduated” to armed robbery, assault, rape and murder. Not to mention the dozens of illegitimate future criminals he would have spawned. So perhaps in a backhanded way Hurley’s dishonesty was a good thing, at least in this instance.

      I mentioned this a few months ago in a different forum, but IMHO it bears repeating here: Whenever a black criminal “youth” is killed by his intended victim, the state should have some criminologist, accountant or other bureaucrat calculate what his incarceration, welfare (for himself plus future bastard children and baby mommas), damages to his future victims, and other assorted expenses would have cost the taxpayers over his expected lifetime, then pay the intended victim 10-20% of that. I for one would have been happy to present GZ with a check for a cool $200K or more.

    • negrolocaust

      tryvons birth was the tragedy

  • sbuffalonative

    The race double standard.

    Whites are swiftly punished with ‘Zero Tolerance’ rules (enacted to target whites) while real black crime is treated as school disciplinary infractions.

    Got it.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Remember that 8-year old that bit the strawberry pop tart in to the shape of a gun?

      All hell broke loose over this minor, SILLY incident:

      Park Elementary in Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County, MD, said they suspended Josh Welch not simply for fashioning the Pop-Tart in the shape of a gun, but for also saying ‘inappropriate things.’

      According to CBS Baltimore, those ‘inappropriate things’ were, ‘bang, bang.’

      The school sent home a letter with every student informing parents that: ‘A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.’…an assistant principal at the school has sent a letter to parents offering counseling to kids who may have been upset by the incident.

      …If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident…our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so…

      Yet schools are covering up REAL crimes if they are committed by blacks…


  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Either of those incidents could have put Trayvon Martin into the custody of the juvenile justice system.

    Most likely not.

    As a high school teacher with experience dealing with the juvenile justice system, possession of pot and/or stolen goods doesn’t merit time in a juvenile facility — it must be for more serious crimes such as armed robbery or a crime that involves serious injury.

    I have witnessed assaults on students by other students that I would label “attempted murder” — that merited only a day or two out of school, if that.


    • IstvanIN

      Bailey O’Neil’s murderers got a two day suspension from school.

  • Nathanwartooth

    This is going on in schools all across America and in our cities as well.

    By under reporting crime cities and schools can make it look like they have stopped crime. When all they are doing is covering it up.

  • Spartacus

    That’s disgusting. America’s collapsing into anarchy, and it’ll drag the whole world with it. Be prepared,learn how to fight, stockpile on guns, ammo, knives, etc. When the time comes, we can re-take our lands, and re-establish civilization, if each of us does his part.

    • It’ll certainly drag the rest of the developed West with it. I imagine this effect will closely resemble the spread of revolution throughout Europe in 1848.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Don’t forget that Tracy Martin’s (Trayvon’s father) first call was to Juvi, even though the justified killing of his son took place 385 from his back door. After he learned Trayvon was dead, it took the father THREE days to claim the body.

    Yeah, Trayvon came from a great family…the father is still rambling on about the case — someone needs to hand this idiot a mirror.


    • libertarian1234

      He and his wife both are counting the dollars they see slipping from their hands since the not guilty verdict, and I have no doubt that’s what dictates their behavior and mindset.

      They got a million from the Home Owner’s Assn. And it whetted their appetites for more of the same.

      Wouldn’t it be a shame if GZ sued them for defamation of character and won?

  • libertarian1234

    “Criminal offenses were treated as disciplinary infractions.”

    Yes, but now that the community organizer has mandated that blacks can’t be disciplined at rates greater than other races in spite of their overwhelming acts of misconduct and crime school discipline isn’t much of an option now, let alone reporting them to the police.

    I truly believe this community organizer and the black leadership are too dim-witted to understand that everything they’re doing assures that Hispanics will replace blacks in society’s lower tiers and they’ll continue to fill the prisons in even greater numbers.

    Their eventual slip into a dysfunctional people will mean the state will have to take care of far more of them and closely govern most of what they do in their lives, and they’ll continue dumbing everything down in a scenario of ongoing chaos.

    Will there be a split before then? Or will there be secession? Or will we continue to exist in a kind of science fiction setting where the entire society looks like Hollywood’s version of Soylent Green?

    I hate to sound melodramatic, but I’ve never been so exasperated in my life in watching and listening to these primitives in the aftermath of the Zimmerman case. Without a doubt they’re an enemy within. Their brainlessness and mindless violence make them dangerous. As a group, they’re too dumb to reason with.

    • negrolocaust

      the majority of blacks are whacked out on an excessive amount of alcohol and drugs most of the time and it slows their brain down even more than it normally is, that’s why they mumble incoherently when they speak. then all they can do is lash out in anger and frustration at the white man, like angry trayvon. angry trayvon was actually casing houses and he was high too.

  • IstvanIN

    The fact that we have school police departments shows how fall we have fallen and just how savage we have become.

    • ncpride

      No doubt about it. Even as early as the 80’s (when I was in High School) we had never heard of a school resource officer, metal detectors, etc.. There was never violence, except the occasional slap fight by girls over a boy, and we would never dream of talking back to our teachers, much less assaulting them. It’s hard to believe the destruction the browning of America has caused in such a short time.

  • Funruffian

    Wow! This makes sense. Forget to report criminal offenses on school grounds and the kid is more likely to be killed? Gee. Blacks never think in these prescient terms. Their impulses are of a more primordial nature which never entails foreshadowing of possible consequences.
    I have worked in a very diverse (pun) school district and I see all sorts of infractions committed by Black kids that go completely ignored and unreported.

  • negrolocaust

    i have been pronouncing it as trayvon “MARTIN”. i heard a black girl yesterday and it seems the correct pronunciation is “MAW —- IN…” i stand corrected. see, you learn something new every day.

  • JackKrak

    I think even people from places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Congo would be confused by the fact that the Miami-Dade “school” system has its own police department.

  • Since the jury ruled the shooting a case of self-dense and thus not George Zimmerman’s fault, the media critters are now blaming lax school crime-reporting policies. Why not throw some blame at Martin’s parents? They “raised” him to be the drug-addled thuggish piece of bipedal garbage he turned out to be.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Because that would be (get ready for it) Racist.

    • YourMOMA

      He probably smoked weed with his father on that day. The whole family is just a bunch of attention grabbing freaks wanting to make some money before attention shifts to something else.

  • Creepy as a cracker!

    And in someone said that GZ said the “N” word when he was in the 5th grade, GZ would face federal felony charges for a civil rights violation. The “thought police” are on the job.

    • dukem1

      Probably the scariest thing about this whole affair.
      “Thought crimes.” Coming soon to a nation like yours.

      • Creepy as a cracker!

        Thought crimes are here in the US of A.

  • MartelC

    rather than a war on crime, the elite have started a war on reality.
    If young black males have higher rates of crime, blame it on racism and no longer call their crimes crime. If a young black male can’t pass an exam, call the exam racist and lower the standards so everyone’s a ‘genius’

    I keep asking myself this question: How long can a society that is based on ‘theories’ that are in complete defiance of human nature continue to function?

    Well, I have the answer, it will continue to function, it will just look at lot more like hell than heaven .

    • It’ll stop functioning after the government can no longer borrow enough money from China to support increasing numbers of dysfunctional social parasites.

  • MystiKasT

    Why are blacks constantly let off the hook?

    • YourMOMA

      Welcome to 21st century America. Schools are now responsible for raising these sperms that should of been swallowed. They have no respect for authority and when they get disciplined in schools they’re parents get bent out of shape and ape out. Even young black teachers loose faith in these idiots as more and more of them attempt to graduate high schools.

      Remember, Trayvon wanted to be a plane mechanic. A druggie fixing and doing route maintenance on planes is not the future I want to be in.

  • MBlanc46

    In this case, giving black miscreants a get-out-of-jail-free card worked in our favor (one less thug to menace us). Generally, however, it works against us, leaving the punks roaming the streets wreaking havoc until they finally get themselves killed or commit a crime so heinous that they wind up incarcerated for life.

  • We need to accept the fact, that numbers are thrown to us like grain to cattle, and we lap it up, living in a temporary illusion that crime rate is down, employment rates are up, medicine saves lives, and natural remedies don’t work or that detoxifying the body of cancer patience is not an effective aid in the cure of cancer. Numbers and Statics on crime when one of my children was arrested, never convicted, still has her mugshot online, another spent 3 years in their juvie program for a fight she had in high school, another of my daughters is shot in the back by a cop in my own front yard and only charged with resisting without violence, meanwhile I have been arrested almost 20 times and am not even a criminal. My late husband turned 21 in prison, and we only had 3 daughters, I adopted another or she adopted me and the cops got her too. So out of my family, my late husband, myself and 4 daughters, even though we are not criminals, we sure do spend a big part of our lives defending ourselves. Please tell me why this country is all too ready to throw my daughters in jail, post their mug shots online , not convict them, but humiliate them for the rest of their lives. My daughters, have NO CONVICTIONS and all my convictions were plea deals to get back to raising my family. I was never guilty, and here they go trying to turn my children into criminals. So out of a family of 6, all 6 have been arrested, so the Stats must be a hoax! Currently defending my children’s rights, as my oldest daughter faces these resisting charges after being shot in the back by Tampa Police Department, with a tazer gun, and tazed twice for good measure, she was NOT even booked.. sent home notice to appear. Makes ME SICK, but here we go again…. I will NEVER let any of my children succumb to the systems process of humiliation, intimidation, fear, and all their scare tactics, won’t destroy my children’s lives like they did mine. My daughter 19 in June, was still on JUVIE probation, until last week when I went to court with her, told them to tell them she was signing her power of attorney over to me, and low n behold, they terminated her probation, on the spot and there is no doubt in my mind, they had every intent to hold her until she was 21!