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. http://spectator.org/blog/2013/07/15/trayvon-crime-school-miami In October 2011, after a video surveillance camera caught Martin writing graffiti on a door, MDSPD Office Darryl Dunn searched Martinâ€™s backpack, looking for the marker he had used. Officer Dunn found 12 pieces of womenâ€™s jewelry and a manâ€™s watch, along with a flathead screwdriver the officer described as a â€œburglary tool.â€ 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 Hurleyâ€™s policy â€œto lower the arrest rates,â€ as one MDSPD sergeant said in an internal investigation, the stolen jewerly was instead listed as â€œfound propertyâ€ 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.