- Nov 2005
NYPD apologizes for the Stonewall raid, 50 years later - CNNFifty years after the historic Stonewall riots, the New York Police Department apologized to the LGBT community for its role in the violence.
"The actions taken by the NYPD [at Stonewall] were wrong, plain and simple," police commissioner James O'Neill said Thursday during a Pride Month safety briefing.
Watch as @NYPDONeill makes a statement today about the events at the Stonewall Inn, 50 years ago. #Stonewall50 #WorldPride2019 #Pride2019 pic.twitter.com/LBAMPoXCLiHe called the frequent harassment of LGBT men and women and laws that prohibited same-sex sexual relations "discriminatory and oppressive" and apologized on behalf of the department to the audience's applause.
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The June 1969 uprising that began at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village is largely considered to have spurred the gay rights movement, after police raided the gay bar and patrons resisted arrest, sparking a six-day protest.
Well, that's a pleasant surprise!