The NYPD on Thursday apologized for the first time for the raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar 50 years ago. Gay rights advocates welcomed the apology, which they had sought for years. Police raided the bar in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. At the time, homosexuality was criminalized. ’The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple’, said Commissioner James O’Neill.