Fake hate crimes and racial threats are now far more plentiful than the “real thing,” and a new one has cropped up in Texas.
Police at Texas A&M University say a student who reported discovering “racist” notes on his car windshield in June may have placed the notes there himself.
The 21-year-old student strongly denies those claims.
According to reports obtained by KBTX, Isaih Martin, an A&M senior, called police on June 24 to report finding three handwritten left on his car that said “All lives matter” and “You don’t belong here.” The third note contained a racial slur. The report states that Martin parked his car at his apartment complex on George Bush Drive just after 11 a.m. and walked to a nearby apartment. An hour and a half later Martin returned to find the notes.
There was no camera nearby to record events, police reported, but there was surveillance video from a nearby pool camera that showed people walking near Martin’s car. They were near the car for only a few seconds each.
Police wrote in their report, “Martin immediately walks to the passenger side of his vehicle, but does not open any doors. Martin is seen toward the front of his vehicle. A brief white speck is seen from about mid-torso of Martin moving toward his vehicle. Another white speck is seen near his chest area. Martin is then seen stepping back and onto the sidewalk in front of his vehicle, most likely taking photos and videos. He then approaches his vehicle again on the passenger side and remains there for a few moments. He is then seen walking around the front of his vehicle. Martin then enters the driver`s door and drives away a few moments later. The total time spent at his vehicle is 1 minute, 15 seconds.”
Police said in the report it was “difficult to distinguish any characteristics of the suspect in the video” but “based on video evidence, no other person had enough time to place the messages on Martin`s car other than himself.” The report goes on: “the other individuals that walked past Martin`s vehicle were not hidden for more than 5 seconds, and would have had to reach over the hood to place the notes.”
Martin, who said he believes the notes were left by one of the people in the video, has turned to social media to make his case. There he has been met with increased skepticism, especially after announcing this week he consulted with an attorney and was no longer speaking with police.