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New York Cop Seymour Pine Spurred the Stonewall Riots, And Now He’s Dead

After spending 91 years on this earth, part of one where he led the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969, deputy police inspector Seymour Pine has died. Don’t worry: He long ago apologized for his involvement, and god probably stuck him in afterlife’s gay bloc.

By:          JD
On:           Sep 9, 2010
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    • concretepinata

      Non-story. He was a jackass, but repented, now he’s dead. Is there anything else? Good god.
      Does the link title seem a bit cunty to anyone else? -He spurred the riots and now he’s dead.- Intonating an implied, “…and that’s a good thing.” The title almost seems to imply causation somehow, which seems to be borderline retarded grammar.

      Sep 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      He was a homophobe in 1969. That’s not unusual – the whole world was pretty homophobic back then. At least he saw the error of his ways. Like him or not there’s no denying that he was an important figure / catalyst for the gay rights movement! Is Dave Van Ronk still about?

      Sep 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike-UK

      Dear Seymour Pine

      Thank you for being; many years ago; a complete idiot.
      You probably did more to set us free than a lot of others.

      Sep 9, 2010 at 11:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dawson

      He apologized isn’t that enough? May he rest in peace. When did some of you become so hateful? Are you so free of sin? If nothing else show some class.

      Sep 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      A homophobe apologizes and people are supposed to forgive them? We see this a lot. A celebrity makes threats or calls names, then says it’s a joke, sorry, my bad .. and all is forgiven? No, fuck you pal, eat worms.

      Sep 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      @Kev C: I am as bitter as anyone, BUT… we don’t know how real or contrite he was. You have to allow some kind of absolution or there is no positive reinforcement for people when they do grow.

      Sep 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @Fitz: If he was really sorry, he’d have committed Seppuku like honorable japanese men do. I’m sure he lived a long, comfortable life and died a comfortable death, unlike many dead gay men I’ve known. Some, because of police actions or inactions.

      Sep 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      Seymour Pine was a product of his time. In 1969 being gay was utterly illegal, scorned and hated. We should not judge him in the year 2010 by the values prevalent in 1969. He apologised for his earlier homophobia. That is good enough for me. Seymour Pine helped spark the Stonewall Riot. The Stonewall Riot was a wonderful event, so I’m thankful for his participation.

      Sep 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C

      @Mike: You should read more about what he said. He had “no regrets”, felt what he did was right, and not sorry in the least. He didn’t see anything wrong with his raids and what he did for a living (beating, harrassing and arresting gays, trashing gay bars). He was just following orders. Just an awful man.

      Sep 13, 2010 at 2:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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