The NYPD commissioner, James P. O’Neill, answered these demands by apologizing for the raids during a World Pride safety briefing event at Police Headquarters, according to the New York Times.
“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 NYPD were wrong – plain and simple,” he continued. “The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive, and for that, I apologize. 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.”
Johnson, who is gay himself, said the apology was “moving.”
“To have the NYPD commissioner make this very explicit remarks apologizing, it’s really moving.”