Cleveland Police Offer Flippant Response After Gay Man Beaten In Hate Crime
The city of Cleveland, which will be hosting the international event Gay Games 2014 next year, doesn't seem to understand that hate crimes against the LGBT community is a problem. It took Jared Fox's riveting video, which described in detail a hate-fueled mugging, to get the attention of the press before the Cleveland Police Department seemed to take the crime seriously.
If you think I am exaggerating or distorting the facts, take a look at the content of this letter that found its way on Twitter via @DallasJohnson11. The attack took place on August 31st, and numerous calls to police were made about a group of loitering youth and none were dispatched before they viciously attacked Fox. This letter was sent by law enforcement in response to the numerous calls the department received due to the altercation that led to abrasions all over Fox's head from a brutal beating along with a broken eye socket.
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