The Fort Lauderdale police department is now being forced to consider pronouns when interacting with citizens, after a transgender person was referred to as a “male” while preferring a different designation.
The city’s Citizens Police Review Board suggested special training for officers Monday. The cause of the concern stems from a January traffic stop, in which Officer James Brinton referred to a transgender woman, Shelby Kendall, as being a male.
Kendall, who was drag racing before being pulled over for reckless driving on Jan. 28 identifies as “female.” Kendall’s drivers license also lists “female ”as the gender of record. Yet when Brinton gave Kendall the ticket, he listed Kendall as a male.
Kendall later filed a complaint, upset that even after the “discrepancy” was pointed out, Brinton did not change the gender on the ticket. Brinton later said he thought the gender listed on the driver’s license was a mistake.
Kendall says necessary steps were taken for the state of Florida to recognize him as a female, and Brinton “doesn’t have a right to purposely mis-gender me.”
The Citizens Police Review Board suggested officers watch a 13-minute long video that gives tips about interacting with transgender people. The police department still needs to agree to the training.
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