50 years after it sparked a worldwide movement for LGBTQ rights, the New York Police Department has apologized for raiding the Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Riots, as they came to be known after queer people fought back, throwing rocks, bottles and bricks, torching cars, and filling the streets, are known as one of the seminal events in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.
New York police commissioner James P. O’Neill apologized on behalf of the force during a safety briefing related to Pride month at Police Headquarters.
“I think it would be irresponsible to go through World Pride month and not to speak of the events at the Stonewall Inn in June of 1969,” O’Neill said. “I do know what happened should not have happened. The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple.”
“The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize.”
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