The New York Police Department has given a patrol vehicle a rainbow makeover in the lead-up to the city’s Gay Pride March this weekend to show solidarity with the LGBT community a week after the Orlando massacre.
The 2016 Ford Explorer SUV’s fabulous costume includes rainbow NYPD badges on the bonnet and front guards, a multi-coloured light bar and rainbow striping to the roof, side panels and wheels.
‘Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect’ which adorns the sides of the NYPD’s patrol cars has been replaced with ‘Pride, Equality, Peace’
The motto ‘Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect’ which adorns the sides of the NYPD’s patrol cars has been replaced with ‘Pride, Equality, Peace' while the words ‘Our love goes out to Orlando’ appear on the back windows.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, New York City mayor Bill De Blasio said the police car with Pride colours was a symbol of the NYPD’s solidarity and deep connection with the LGBT community.
“When we celebrate pride we do it with particular passion and this year we have an obligation to our nation in the wake of Orlando to show what pride and inclusion looks like and the whole city will be celebrating and standing up for and with our LGBT community,” he said.
“There are no specific threats directed at this parade, but that does not stop us from being vigilant and using all our resources.”
New York City’s annual Gay Pride March takes place this Sunday, a week after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
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