St. Louis Man Sentenced for Attempted Assault at Gay Bar

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday August 27, 2020

Freddie Doyle, a 32-year-old Missouri man, has been sentenced to four years in jail for the attempted assault of patrons at the St. Louis bar Rehab Bar and Grill, New York Daily News reports.

On Jun 27, 2019, Doyle drove to the bar in the popular LGBTQ+ neighborhood called the The Grove, with "an AR-15 style automatic rifle, bipod, scope, tactical light, four full rifle magazines, and approximately 160 rifle rounds in his vehicle." At approximately 3am, Doyle asked an African-American man leaving a nearby bar to come to his car, where Doyle pointed a weapon at the man and yelled homophobic slurs. Doyle allegedly pointed the gun at others, fired a shot, and continued to yell homophobic slurs even after police had arrived, saying that if he had more time, he would "have killed those (anti-gay slur)."

Back in January, Doyle's attorney said his client acted in self-defense and with was no homophobic intent.

Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said:

"All people in this nation have the right to enjoy themselves at a bar and grill without fearing that they will be threatened, shot, and seriously injured or killed by bigoted criminals... The Department of Justice will not tolerate this kind of hateful violence. The Civil Rights Division strives to protect all Americans from acts of aggression and violence based on their race, color or sexual orientation."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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