Video Offers Clues into Hate Crime Outside Cleveland Bar

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CLEVELAND– Surveillance video captures what appears to be the second hate crime against a local bar in less than a week.

A 13-year-old boy is under arrest, accused of targeting the bar because most of its patrons are gay.

“They started taunting us, yelling gay slurs and so on and so forth,” explained bar patron, Ric Scardino.

Scardino said he and several other people were enjoying the outdoor enclosed patio at Cocktails Bar around 8:00 p.m. Friday. It’s a bar that’s popular in Cleveland’s gay community on West 93rd Street and Detroit Avenue.

The bar released surveillance video that appeared to show a group of teenagers walking up and throwing rocks at patrons over the fence.

“I kicked open the gate and I ran out when I ran out all the kids scattered,” Scardino said.

He said two kids came back and confronted him.

“The one with…

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