The outpouring of love, solidarity, and shared grief over Orlando continues. I still can’t see images such as the one above without crying, but there is one that made me smile – the NYPD Rainbow Cop Car. Yep.
One week after the brutal mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Gay Pride event hits the streets of New York City Sunday. In solidarity with the LGBT community, the victims of the Orlando shooting, and their families and friends, the NYPD has given one of its patrol cars a rainbow makeover.
The NYPD took one of its 2016 Ford Explorer SUV’s and gave it the perfect makeover, with rainbow NYPD badges on the hood and front guards, a multi-colored light bar, and rainbow striping on the roof, wheels, and side panels.
As reported by CarsGuide, where it normally reads, “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect” on the sides of the NYPD’s patrol cars, the rainbow car has the message, “Pride, Equality, Peace.” On the back windows are the moving words, “Our love goes out to Orlando.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at a press conference on Thursday, saying the new rainbow patrol car is 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. […] On its Facebook page, the NYPD posted an image of the rainbow car (pictured top) with a note reading, “One of our newest trucks in the fleet ready for this Sunday’s Heritage of Pride March. NYPD cops won’t just be marching in the parade, they’ll be protecting it.”