James P. O’Neill, the Police Commissioner of New York, has apologised for the Stonewall riots that occurred 50 years ago.
The Stonewall riots were the result of police officers in the 1960s ruthlessly targeting LGBT+ people, arresting them, and shutting down gay bars.
“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 New York Police Department (NYPD) were wrong, plain and simple.
“The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologise.
“I vow to the LGBTQ community that this would never happen in the NYPD in 2019. We have, and we do, embrace all New Yorkers.”
This is the first time in fifty years that the NYPD have issued a formal apology for the events of that night.