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NYPD Commissioner Apologizes For 'Oppressive' 1969 Raid On Stonewall Inn

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill admitted police actions were "wrong" during the Stonewall riot, a landmark in the LGBTQ rights movement.
A man walks past New York's Stonewall Inn, site of the 1969 uprising considered the birth of LGBTQ movement. Source: Mike Segar

Just about 50 years after New York police clashed with gay rights activists at the Stonewall Inn, the city's police commissioner, James O'Neill, has apologized for the department's raid on that tumultuous night in 1969.

Department officials have expressed regret about the aggressive crackdown in the past, but they have never went so far as to apologize for the raid, until now.

"The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong,

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