NYPD Unveils Rainbow-Themed Vehicle Before City's Gay Pride March

While some praised it as a show of solidarity, others saw it as a shallow move.

June 23, 2016, 1:01 PM

— -- 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.

But others have criticized it, given the police's troubled history with LGBT New Yorkers:

When asked at a news conference today 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.