September 12, 2013

The Cocktails Lounge gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio and its patrons have been repeat targets of anti-gay harassment and violence in recent months, including an incident in which a gay man wasbrutally beaten outside the bar and another in which a group of youths hurled cantaloupe-sized rocks at bar patrons.

There have been at least six such incidents since the spring, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and, as a result, owner Brian Lyons has called the police nine times over the last year.

But, according to a letter obtained by Towleroad, the City of Cleveland believes Lyons’ concern for his own safety and the safety of his patrons places an undue burden on the local police force and Cleveland taxpayers. (Presumably, Lyons and his patrons count themselves among the latter group, but I digress.)

“Repeated calls to the same property place an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers of the City of Cleveland and on our safety forces,” writes Director of Public Safety Martin Flask.