New York police apologize for the repression exercised in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago
GAYLES.TV.- They have taken 50 years but they have done it. Officially the police force of the city of NY has apologized for the conduct of the department against the LGTBI community and has done so through its chief commissioner, James O'Neill
In a press conference held on Thursday, O'Neill admitted that "The actions taken by the Department were wrong, plain and simple". He described the conduct of the department towards the LGTBI community and the laws of the time of "Discriminatory" and "oppressive". And he continued: "I know that what happened should not have happened, that's why I apologize". O'Neill made it clear that he would never again face discrimination like that in the city of skyscrapers. The commissioner, who congratulated the LGTBI community for their struggle, recalled that this is a very special year because the 50 anniversary of some confrontations that acted as a trigger for the struggle for the rights of the entire collective. "We embrace all New Yorkers, we are an inclusive department", O'Neill said.
It all started with one of the usual raids on the now historic Stonewall. But unlike other occasions, the police did not anticipate that the homosexual community and many transgender people who also fought in Stonewall were willing to resist and stand up .. The altercations in the New York nightclub lasted for 6 days, resonated throughout the United States. United and crossed borders. A year later, the first march for homosexual rights in New York took place, in which some 2000 people participated. This year and on the occasion of the celebrations of pride, the city expects to receive some 4 million visitors.
For all that Stonewall is much more than a bar in the Village. President Barack Obama granted 2016 the distinction of national monument, a recognition that extends to the outer square where the first gay monument of federal character is located. The Stonewall is part of contemporary history as a place that catalyzed the liberation movement of homosexuals. And as the locals say "This is not a bar, this is a temple."
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