When is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime? – When SAPD Investigates
The San Antonio Police Department has refused to investigate the murder of Troy Martinez Clattenberg as a hate crime in spite of a confession from his murderer, Cody Carmichael, wherein Carmichael stated to police that he shot Clattenburg because the victim made sexual advances toward him.
Troy was murdered on February 21, 2010 in my hometown. His murderer, was charged this past Monday with bail set at $100,000.00.
Troy’s body was found laying under a poster of the ten commandments in his apartment.
Troy’s murderer, Cody Carmichael, states that the sexual advances came while an unidentified man was with them, providing Cody with the gun. Cody then left the apartment, took the man home and returned. Troy had dinner in the microwave, some meat loaf and green beans, when he answered the door. He didn’t get to eat. Cody shot him.
As his murderer prepares for the highly successful Gay Panic Defense, let’s talk about what San Antonio’s pro-LGBT Police Chief is doing for the community.
This latest slap in the face from the department comes just weeks after an SAPD officer raped a transwoman in the backseat of his patrol car and just months after the SAPD raided the home of a lesbian couple, laid panties and bras on the bed and harassed the two women about their sexual orientation [see links above].
I’ve had my own problems with discrimination from the San Antonio Police Department, including an incident where a group of skinheads threatened to murder me for being a “faggot.” When the police arrived, they escorted me from the scene and released my assailants.
Isn’t it about time we say, “ENOUGH!?” Isn’t it about time we GetEQUAL?
Cody Carmichael has been released on bond.