M-DSPD instructions developed and enforced by Chief Hurley reveal that their police reports were not created for the purposes of law enforcement, but for school disciplinary actions.
- The re-qualifying/redefining of student-police contacts ordered by the School Superintendent and the School Police Chief are at the heart of the issue that surfaces surrounding the Trayvon Martin case; and the involvement of Martin with the Miami-Dade School Police Dept
- It was during 2009/2010 that the police chief had instructed his officers to find alternate methods for dealing with behavioral issues of school students. Officer Tagle affirms, and other witnesses corroborate, the instructions were specifically targeted to young black males within the Miami-Dade Public School system.
- On October 21st, 2011, a burglary took place a few blocks from Krop Senior High School where Trayvon Martin attended. The stolen property outlined in the Miami-Dade Police Report (PD111021-422483) matches the descriptive presented by SRO Dunn in his School Police report 2011-1477
- SRO Dunn never filed a criminal report nor opened a criminal investigation. Following the procedures designed to avoid criminal reports for black male students, he wrote up the jewelry as “found items” and transferred them along with the burglary tool, to the Miami-Dade Police property room where they sat on a shelf.
Thus Trayvon Martin’s unlawful activity was falsely recorded, leaving any behavioral correctives to high school staff instead of police and law enforcement, placing the school in a position of having to find strong disciplinary actions which would not only punish Trayvon Martin, but also change his behavior. This led to multi-week school suspensions. Trayvon was shot and killed during a 10 day school suspension.
- On Monday March 26th, 2012, Frances Robles from the Miami Herald ran a story outlining that a police report existed with Trayvon Martin, and also accounted for another report about possibly stolen jewelry in possession of Trayvon Martin, and a screwdriver identified by school authorities as a “burglary” tool. “Multiple Suspensions Paint Complicated Portrait of Trayvon Martin.”
- This article led to Miami-Dade School Police Department Police Chief Charles Hurley launching an Internal Affairs investigation into possible leaks and violations of Standard Operating Procedure. Chief Hurley’s position, bolstered by internal counsel affirmation, was that reports being considered consequential for “school discipline” and not the “criminal justice system” were not subject to FOIA requests.
- With that investigation, Hurley opened a can of worms that led to his removal from office. Sworn statements obtained during that internal investigation show that his goal was to divert kids away from Criminal Records and avoid bad optical statistics. Trayvon Martin was one of those “statistics” they avoided recording.
Update: Author name change requested by Sharon who was erroneously identified as author.