I should also add that in light of all this school stuff - it has been alledged that Sabrina Fulton was not aware of the fact that he son was found with stolen property on him and what was described as a burglary tool. That's perhaps because the officer who found the stuff on Martin did not file a criminal report or a criminal investigation into the goods from a robbery - instead, as directed in dealing with black youths, he filed a 'found property' report instead. Considering that Martin then got suspended for the vandalism and not the burglary - then there wouldn't be any report or record given to her to let her know what her son had done. Had Sabrina Fulton known that her son might be guilty of having robbed someone's home and stolen their property - she might have wanted to sit down and figure out a course of action on this more serious charge. So if as she may have said - she didn't know - and if had she known, she may have chosen to punish him in another manner than sending him to his father - she too might be able to file a lawsuit. sammieswife
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.