According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer “there have been six reported LGBT-related attacks on patrons heading to and from Cleveland’s Cocktail Lounge since last spring.” The most recent cases involved a group of approximately 20 people allegedly beating up a 28-year-old man named Jared Fox. The attack resulted in his ear drum rupturing and his face bruised and bloody. Another was a group of boys allegedly throwing large rocks at patrons. A 13-year-old was arrested in conjunction with the latter act of violence.
In response to the rash of neighborhood hate crimes targeting Ohio’s gay community, the City of Cleveland sent a letter this week to the owner of Cleveland’s Cocktail Lounge, a gay bar, claiming that the bar’s repeated calls to law enforcement are over-burdening “the taxpayers of the City of Cleveland” and “our safety forces.” An excerpt from the letter reads:
“The estimated cost for the city safety forces to respond to your property is approximately $100.00 per call for service. l am confident that we share the same goal and that you will take the necessary steps to eliminate the repeated calls for police services to your property. Therefore, within 10 days of the date of this letter, you will be required to submit your action plan to the First District Neighborhood Police Commander (623-5105), outlining your strategy to eliminate the problems at this location.”
See the full letter here:
And a segment on The Young Turks about it: