By Gabrielle Fonrouge. December 17, pm Updated December 17, pm. A sergeant from the Manhattan South Task Force suddenly rose to the podium behind him and uttered words that silenced the massive Council Chambers.
Jump to navigation. Roughly one week after NYPD officers killed a gay black man at his apartment in the Bronx, advocates gathered outside that home to demand accountability, transparency, and a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. Advocates are seeking the release of body camera footage of the incident, the naming of police officers involved in the shooting, and the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle the case by State Attorney General Letitia James.
Twelve protesters affiliated with the group No Justice No Pride were arrestedand after a brief delay, the march continued. The irony of the incident was not lost on many in the crowd — cops arresting gay people in front of the Stonewall Inn, the very place where homophobic police brutality sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement nearly five decades years prior. Protesters in several cities across the U.
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The violent police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in is widely regarded as a seminal event in the gay rights movement. It was an admission that gay rights leaders said was momentous and unexpected, if overdue. Still, some cautioned the Police Department that its future actions needed to back up its words.
Ashley is part of Reclaim Pride, a coalition that wants more than a year-late apology. The group wants police removed from Pride altogether. Opposition to law enforcement marching in Pride parades is not new, but has intensified this year as the festivals have adopted themes honoring the anniversary of Stonewall, the LGBT rebellion against police abuses that led to the first Pride march and cemented June as Pride month around the globe.
The officers felt vindicated, especially because just a few weeks before they were told they weren't welcome to lead the parade. But the admiration, as welcome as it was, grew out of tragedy: the mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 wounded at a gay club in Orlando. Philly's member chapter, which started last year, was offered the opportunity to act as the parade's Grand Marshal - a coveted position that honors LGBT community leaders.
The LAPD has long been indifferent to pleas from the gay community regarding several issues touching their lives. Chief Daryl F. We live in a pluralistic society and the gay community is a part of it--and not a small part, either. This year, it attractedgays.
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