Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Inspector Seymour Pine was responsible for leading officers into the
famed Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 thus spawning the Stonewall
Riots. In recent years he has recounted the historic evening and even
spoke during a discussion about the riots in 2004, and in the 2010
film "Stonewall Uprising," which was reviewed in SFGN this past June.
In recent years he has apologized for his involvement in the raid,
saying that he was merely following orders. He has also admitted that
at the time of the infamous raid the police were biased towards
members of what was then a disenfranchised LGBT community. In those
days no one had any "idea about what gay people were about," and that
police targeted gays because they allowed for an easy addition to an
officer's daily tally of arrests.
"They were easy arrests. They never gave you any trouble," he said at
the New York Historical society in 2004.
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