(NEW YORK) — A New York Police Department vehicle has gotten a rainbow-themed makeover before the city’s 2016 LGBT Pride March this Sunday.
The NYPD badge on the SUV’s hood is in rainbow colors, as are the words “pride,” “equality” and “peace” on the vehicle’s side. The car also reads “NYC pride 2016″ on a heart-shaped rainbow and “Our [heart] goes out to Orlando.”
Some have praised the NYPD vehicle as a sign of the department’s solidarity with the LGBT community and Orlando.
— Doris Dear (@Doris_Dear) June 23, 2016
The fact that the NYPD are driving in rainbow colored police cars in honor of gay pride and the Orlando victims is just 😍.
— Marimar (@Mvrimvr) June 23, 2016
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 22, 2016
But others have criticized it, given the police’s troubled history with LGBT New Yorkers:
1969: Stonewall Riots take place and NYPD arrest members of the LGBT community
— Michael Sullivan (@Mikey_Sul) June 23, 2016
When asked at a news conference Thursday if the NYPD owes the LGBT community an apology for the 1969 Stonewall raids, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said, “I don’t think so.”
He said that he thought a lot of “good” came out of the “terrible experience” and that the changes in the department since then, in effect, constituted an apology.
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