The New York City Police Department — NYPD — 43 years after raiding a Mafia-owned gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparking the Stonewall riots, have just released a video for LGBTQ youth, saying, “It Gets Better.”
“Members of the NYPD share their experiences and encourage victims of bullying to seek support,” the NYPD writes. “Messages from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, LGBT liaison Detective Tim Duffy, President of the Gay Officers Action League Detective Carl Locke and others.”
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly opens the video, touting NYC’s “respect for the rights of all people.”
It’s impossible to ignore the irony here — the NYPD was rightly vilified in the liberal press for its, many say, unconstitutional attacks on the Occupy Wall Street protestors, and the journalists who tried to document violent police activity.
The NYPD’s focus on older gay men, which some called entrapment, has been widely criticized as well.
And the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, which target mostly Black, and a high proportion of LGBT people, and are excruciatingly troubling — we’re hopeful they are waning.
It’s commendable that the NYPD are wanting to support LGBTQ youth and teens. But it’s impossible to separate their poor record in some important cases from this good deed.
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