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Gay NYPD Officer Who Came Out at City Hearing Honored in Street Renaming

(DNAINFO)  Trevor Kapp | June 17, 2016 — The intersection of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue will now be named “Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane Way.”

Thirty-five years ago, NYPD Sgt. Charles Cochrane stood up at a contentious City Council hearing on a gay rights bill and announced he was gay.

On Friday, the city honored Cochrane by naming the intersection of Washington Place and Sixth Avenue after him.

“Charlie possessed the instincts, the composure and the eye for detail that helped him excel in every aspect of police work,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said. “Charlie knew every law, every department procedure and treated everyone he encountered with the utmost respect.”

Cochrane worked in the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights during the 1970s and later served in the Midtown South Task Force. He died of cancer in 2008.

In 1981, then-Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association Vice President Pat Burns spoke out against the city’s gay rights bill at a City Council hearing and said he didn’t know of any openly gay policemen.

Cochrane stood up at that hearing and came out as a gay man.

Source: Gay NYPD Officer Who Came Out at City Hearing Honored in Street Renaming – Greenwich Village – DNAinfo New York