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Entire police department may undergo trans sensitivity training after misgendering citizen


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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police officers will be forced to take transgender sensitivity training after one of their officers misidentified a transgender woman (biological male) when giving him a traffic ticket.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Officer James Brinton pulled over Fort Lauderdale real estate agent Shelby Kendall in January for drag racing in a Camaro. Kendall’s license listed him as a female, but Brinton issued a citation for reckless driving, identifying Kendall as male. Brinton said that he thought there may had been an error on the license.

According to Kendall’s complaint, Brinton asked Kendall why his license read “female.” Kendall responded that he identified as a female, prompting Brinton to say “Well, for the purposes of this citation, you’re a male.”

Kendell, 48, filed a complaint with the city for Brinton misgendering him, subjecting Brinton to a hearing before the city’s Citizens Police Review Board.

“If I’ve done everything I need to do for the state of Florida to recognize me as a female, he doesn’t have a right to purposely misgender me,” Kendall said. “It was inappropriate and kind of bullying and sends a message to the transgender community.”

The Citizens Police Review Board recommended that the entire Fort Lauderdale Police Department take extra training on how to properly treat transgender people, in addition to Brinton receiving a written reprimand for Kendall’s treatment.

“I think it’s fair,” board member Marc Dickerson told the Sun-Sentinel. “It’s a matter of training and the officers need training.”

According to the Sun-Sentinel, this training entails watching a 13-minute video from the U.S. Department of Justice on how to deal with transgender individuals, and signing a document stating that they watched the video.


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