Monday, July 22, 2013

Another Side of Treyvon Martin

Trayvon Martin has been portrayed as an innocent kid who never got into trouble and was just trying to get home on a rainy night. Text Messages from his phone may paint a slightly different picture. 

Martin's text messages and pictures of a semi-automatic pistol, marijuana plants and Martin flipping up his middle fingers, were barred from being admitted as evidence in court but released by Zimmerman’s lawyers a few days ago.

I’m not going to comment on them. I’m just going to tell you about them and let you decide for yourselves.

"So you just turning into a lil hoodlum," one friend, whose name has been withheld, texted Martin.

Martin replied: "No not at all."

At one point, Martin joked that the friend was "soft."

"Boy don't get one planted in ya chest," the friend joked back.

The message, a reference to being shot, eerily foreshadowed Martin's fate three months later.

The text messages, some of which are redacted, don't make clear whom Martin was talking to at different times. Sometimes it appears he's joking with a friend, other times with a girlfriend and, in at least one instance, with his father.

Some of the earliest text messages begin in early November 2011, in which Martin indicates he got suspended from school for being in a fistfight.

Later in the month, on the 21st, he exchanged messages with at least one friend about an after-school fight.

One of Martin's cell phone pictures shows two teens about to square off against one another as a third stands in the middle like a referee. Martin said he fought a rival who "snitched on me."

 Martin: "I lost da 1st round :) but won da 2nd nd 3rd."

Friend: "Ohhh So It Wass 3 Rounds? Damn well at least yu wonn lol but yuu needa stop fighting."

Martin: "Nay im not done with fool..... he gone hav 2 see me again."

Friend: "Nooo... Stop, yuu waint gonn bee satisified till yuh suspended again, huh?"

Martin told another friend at the time that his mother wanted him to move in with his dad after he was suspended.

"Da police caught me outta skool," Martin wrote.

Months later, Martin appeared to get in trouble again, but suggested on Jan. 6, 2012, that he was an innocent bystander: "'I was watcn a fight nd a teacher say I hit em." The following month he complained he got in trouble for something "I didn't do."

In between these messages, he appears to flirt with a girl and talk extensively about smoking marijuana, or "kush." One friend called him a "WEEDHEAD."

Martin's troubles appeared to get worse and, on Feb. 13, he explained to a friend that he was serving "10 dayz" of suspension.

Five days later, he repeatedly appears to inquire about a gun with a friend: "U got heat??" Hours later he's asked by text: "You want a 22 revolver?" The friend who sent the message said it was bought by "my mommy."

On Feb. 21, Martin appeared to be heading to Sanford to live with his father. But he hadn't lost interest in guns.

"U wanna share a .380?" he asked one friend.

Hours after that, someone who appears to be his father sent him text messages about staying in Sanford.

"Show much respect to (redacted) and adjust to my Lady & (redacted). Show them that you a good kid and you want positive things around you," his father, Tracy Martin, wrote Trayvon.

A minute later he followed up: "Be a big brother and not a DONKEY......LOVE DAD."

Live Long and Prosper....

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