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Commissioner James P. O’Neill

The New York Police Department apologized on Thursday for the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, which caused an uprising and helped to launch the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement. “What happened should not have happened. The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple,” Commissioner James P. O’Neill said at a briefing on security preparations for the 50th anniversary of the riots.

In the early hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969, the NYPD attempted to enforce a law that made it illegal to serve alcohol to known homosexuals. Patrons of the Stonewall rebelled, sparking an uprising that lasted several nights and leading to a national movement for gay rights.

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