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NYPD Decorates SUV In Support Of Gay Community (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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New York police decorated a patrol vehicle with rainbow colors to show their support for the gay community.

The NYPD decorated the SUV in honor of both the city's gay pride parade on June 19 and for those who died in the June 12 Orlando shootings, the New York post reports.

Police uploaded a photo of the SUV with the message: "Some love from NYPD. Thank you all! #OrlandoUnited.”

Stickers reading “NYC Pride 2016,” "Our [heart] goes out to Orlando,” and “Pride Equality Peace” also adorn the car.

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Many praised the police for the move.

“Wow this is impressive; a model for all cities,” wrote Kent Fulbright on Twitter.

“The fact that the NYPD are driving in rainbow colored police cars in honor of gay pride and the Orlando victims is just :),” added Twitter user Marimar.

It was a particularly significant gesture given the NYPD’s tense relationship with the gay community after the 1969 Stonewall Riots, especially since their June 28 anniversary is approaching.

Widespread protests spread across New York in 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a New York gay club.

“Although the police were legally justified in raiding the club, which was serving liquor without a license among other violations, New York’s gay community had grown weary of the police department targeting gay clubs, a majority of which had already been closed,” History.com explains.

The riots would eventually make gay rights history.

“[It] was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian, and bisexual civil rights organizations,” explains History.com. “It is also regarded by many as history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for homosexuals.”

Consequently, some familiar with the 1969 riots were particularly moved by the NYPD’s colorful SUV.

“This is amazing. Look how far we've come,” wrote Twitter user Michael Sullivan.

Yet many remain distrustful of the police.

“This one is going to be a hard NOPE for me. #nypd #nycpride#policestate #usa #lgbt #lgbtq #policebrutality #2016,” wrote Twitter user Julie O. in response to a photo of the SUV.

Sources: New York Post, NYPD SUV/Twitter.comHistory.com  / Photo credit: Wolfgang Sauber/Wikimedia Commons, NYPD via New York Post

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