Texas A&M student who reported racist notes on vehicle placed them there himself: police

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 11th, 2020 2:36 pm

Last Updated Jul 12th, 2020 at 5:54 pm

Texas A&M police on Thursday said that a student who reported finding racist notes on the windshield of his car last month, may have placed the papers there himself.

Isaih Martin, a senior at Texas A&M, called police on June 24, claiming he had found three handwritten notes on his car that read "All Lives Matter" and "You don't belong here." A third note included an African-American slur.

Martin said he parked his car outside his apartment complex around 11 a.m. and walked into another nearby apartment. Martin returned to his vehicle approximately 90 minutes later where he claims he found the hateful notes.

After reviewing footage from a nearby pool camera, police determined that only a handful of people walked near Martin's car while he was gone, and they were only near the back of the car for a few seconds.

The police report reads,

"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."

Texas A&M police also said that the individuals that walked by Martin's vehicle "would have had to reach over the hood to place the notes" and that Martin was the "only person with enough time to place the notes on his car."

In response to the police report, Martin said he was "utterly disappointed."

"I'm in a predicament where the topic of the case was let's find out who did this to them pointing the finger at me," Martin said on Twitter. "In the end, I stopped talking to them because it seemed they were more interested in me getting the blame for this hate crime instead of finding the actual person who did it."

University police said the investigation has been closed.

🔦 Jonathan Lopez, a Latino politician running for Umatilla County commissioner in Oregon, recently confessed to writing a racist letter to himself on June 23.


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