Police reports from the Rebellion

Posted on 18 Jun 2009 at 5:57pm

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, OutHistory.org has just posted on its Web site nine pages of New York City Police Department records created early on the morning of the rebellion’s start, June 28, 1969.

The reports contain “previously unknown” information, such as the name of unnamed “butch lesbian” (Marilyn Fowler) whose arrest was said to have caused the riots to intensify, along with reports of one officer having to be treated at a nearby hospital after being bitten by one of the protesters and of one officer falling down and getting a broken wrist after one of the protesters swatted him with a rolled-up newspaper.

It really is fascinating stuff. Check it out.

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