NYPD Issues a Formal Apology for 1969 Stonewall Raid

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Stonewall Inn. (Wikipedia Commons)

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill has apologized on behalf of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for the Stonewall Raid in 1969.

During a June 6 briefing on security measures for the 50th anniversary of the raid, which is on June 28, O’Neil said the raid should not have occurred.

“It would be irresponsible of me to go through WorldPride 2019 and not speak of Stonewall in June 1969. What happened should not have happened. The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple,” O’Neill said in a video posted on Twitter. “The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive and, for that, I apologize.”

On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided a gay club called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The raid started a string of confrontations between bar patrons, residents in the area, and…

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