NEW YORK — The New York Times just reported that NY Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill has apologized for the police’s actions during the Stonewall riots in 1969.
The Times said that O’Neill gave the apology during a safety briefing about New York’s Pride activities.
“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,” Mr. O’Neill said. “I do know what happened should not have happened. The actions taken by the N.Y.P.D. were wrong, plain and simple.
“The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize,” he added. “I vow to the L.G.B.T.Q. community that this would never happen in the N.Y.P.D. in 2019,” Mr. O’Neill went on. “We have, and we do, embrace all New Yorkers.”
The newspaper said that the audience applauded the comments.