Trayvon Martin's run-ins with the law few knew about, media ignored

Trayvon Martin's run-ins with the law few knew about, media ignored

LO-Sanford_6-10-13_DSC_7402-400Members of the Communist Revolution Party march in favor of Martin… media ignores.

Before the echoes of “no justice, no peace” chanted by the Revolutionary Communist Party faded from hearing outside the Seminole County courthouse, The Daily Mail reported that Treyvon Martin’s had past run-ins with both school officials and police in his hometown of Miami, Florida.

Prior to moving to Sanford, to spend the summer with his father and the father’s girlfriend, Martin lived with his mother, Sybrina Fulton, in the Miami suburb of Miami Gardens.

It was while a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School that Martin’s disciplinary and criminal past started to be documented by government authorities.

The Daily Mail reports that the 6′ 2″ junior was suspended last February for possession of marijuana. The website further notes  that photographs have also surfaced showing Martin smoking marijuana and a semi-automatic pistol presumably owned by him.

As innocuous as certain supporters of the slain teen believe those pictures to be, the Miami Herald reported on Mar. 26, 2012 that Martin actually had more than a few specific cases of involvement with school authorities and the Miami-Dade School Police Department (M-DSPF), which is independent of the Miami Police Department. He was  suspended from school on three different occasions.

  • Most recently for the possession of marijuana and a marijuana pipe.
  • Four months earlier for graffiti, penning in permanent marker “WTF” (an acronym for “what the f—”) on a school door.
  • He had also been suspended for multiple and habitual tardiness and truancy.

The Backpack, Jewelry and a Screwdriver…

Within the opening weeks of the 2012-2013 school year, Martin was seen by a School Resource Officer on the school’s surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” It was then that the police officer stated he saw Martin mark up a door with a permanent marker, defacing it with “WTF”.

The next day, the school police searched his backpack. The officer reported finding 12 pieces of women’s jewelry, according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Besides numerous silver wedding bands and diamond earrings, the pack also contained a watch and a large flathead screwdriver. The report described the latter as a “burglary tool”.

The police report went on to state the officer asked Martin if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend. Martin maintained that “a friend gave it to me,” but refused to decline to name the friend. The Herald reports:

Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

Since then, there have been no citable sources as to the status of the investigation or the whereabouts of the impounded property.


T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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