Joe Mirabella posted about the shooting-and-dragging murder of Marcal Camero Tye earlier this week, and I wanted to point people to this interview with the Sheriff Bobby Mays who's now saying that he doesn't think it was a hate crime. He says that the dragging was an accident and that the shooting was a sexual encounter that "went wrong," as if a hate crime can't take place during or after a sexual encounter.
Also noteworthy from the interview was the sheriff saying that there's no "persecution" of transgender people in their part of Arkansas, referring to Tye with male pronouns, and said "individuals such as this" are "looking for sexual encounters" and said it was possible Tye was involved in prostitution.
He says nothing's ruled out and that it could still end up being a hate crime. The FBI also isn't investigating the situation since they don't think it was a hate crime either, according to the sheriff.
All I'll say is that I don't know what happened since I wasn't there and it's easy for us to write our own narratives on to an event, like some gays did with Tyler Clementi last year. On the other hand, it doesn't bode well that the sheriff doesn't think there's any transphobia in his part of the country while, at the same time, implying that Tye was a prostitute because that's just what "individuals such as this" are.