The Stonewall Inn was a Mafia-controlled bar at the time that operated in the Village and was often raided by police. The police twice broke ranks to charge into the crowd, and at least two men were clubbed to the ground by officers, the article said, and a few people were arrested. Again the police were called out to restore order, including an even larger group of TPF officers, who beat and tear gassed members of the crowd. Early hours of June 28, Retrieved on June 2, Standard procedure was to line up the patrons, check their identification, and have female police officers take customers dressed as women to the bathroom to verify their sex, upon which any men dressed as women would be arrested. Gay and Lesbian Almanac.
Sign up here to get In Her Words delivered to your inbox. Add or Edit Playlist. On the Tuesday before the riots began, police conducted an evening raid on the Stonewall, arresting some of its employees and confiscating its stash of illegal liquor.
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