Cleveland Gay Bar Told By City To Stop Calling Police To Report Hate Crimes
If you've been assaulted or harassed outside Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge bar simply because you're gay, local police, whom you pay with your taxes, no longer don't to hear about it.
The bar, which has seen a string of violent anti-gay crime inflicted upon its patrons, has been told by police to stop calling the department to report the assaults. Citing a burden on tax payers, the City of Cleveland sent a letter to Cocktail Lounge owner Brian Lyons warning him to not call the police again if his patrons are assaulted as a result of increasing anti-gay hate crimes in the area.
Re: Property located at 9208
Our records indicate from September 02, 2012 through September 01, 2013 Cleveland Police Officers and/or Dog warden have been dispatched and responded to your property located at 9208 Detroit Avenue inns for various Calls for service. Repeated calls to the same property place an and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers of the City of Cleveland and on our safety forces. 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.
Failure to address these issues, resulting in future calls for police service, will be scrutinized for appropriate administrative or law enforcement action.
Martin L. Flask, Director Department of Public Safety
cc: Director of Law Michael McGrath, Chief, Division of Poke Councilperson lay Westbrook, Ward 16 Deputy Chief Field Operations, Division of Police 1. District Commander
It's disheartening to see the City of Cleveland telling potential victims of a horrific string of bias attacks (six since spring) that they're not worth protecting, not worthy of justice; to go on and threaten the victims and community itself with charges should it ask for help in protection against hateful violent criminals is absolutely un-American.
How do you hope to see the owner respond to the City's demands?