Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime

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CLEVELAND -- While police investigate a possible hate crime against a man outside a gay bar on Cleveland's west side, witnesses inside the bar want answers.

"I fully believe I was attacked because I'm gay," said victim Jared Fox.

Surveillance video shows a mob of young men with their faces covered attacking
Fox, 26, outside the Cocktails Bar just after 11:00 p.m. Saturday.

"This didn't have to happen to me. I didn't have to lose the hearing in my right ear. Twenty kids beat me down. They called me names. One cop car could have stopped it," said Fox.

According to Cocktails bartender James Foster, police were called multiple times.

"One of my patrons said there is a large group of kids outside, so I called the police. And that was only the first time," said Foster.

Monday evening, a Cleveland police spokesman said he could not immediately confirm the number of calls made.

A Fox 8 public records request revealed a total of four phone calls were placed to police moments before the attack.

"I am utterly disgusted that this can happen. And my eyes are welling with tears
because...this needs to stop," cried Foster.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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