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|by Laura Douglas-Brown|
|March 17, 2010 21:49|
The Eagle raid has been compared to the 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar, that is credited with sparking the modern gay rights movement.
How does the Eagle raid compare to raids that happened prior to the Stonewall riots in terms of the surrounding political climate?
“Before there was much less tolerance, therefore politicians tended to use gay bar raids for political purposes, as did police. Up until the 1970s, the frequency of raids tended to go up around the time of elections, and politicians used raids to show they were cleaning up the cities by cracking down on an illicit population that was unpopular.
“The raid itself is somewhat similar in how it happened. Allegedly there were these humiliating games the police played using slurs and allegedly kicking people, shoving them and the like. All that would have been common many years ago as well. This is interesting because there were so many officers involved.
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