Florida City Mandates Entire Police Department Undergo Extra Training After Transgender Woman ID’d As Male On Traffic Ticket
Via Sun Sentinel:
The entire Fort Lauderdale Police Department should undergo extra training on how to properly treat transgender people, a city panel has decided.
The suggestion came Monday during a Citizens Police Review Board hearing for a police officer who categorized a transgender woman as male on a citation.
The board, which serves as a watchdog group over police, also decided the officer should receive a written reprimand for the incident.
“I think it’s fair,” said board member Marc Dickerson. “It’s a matter of training and the officers need training.”
Officer James Brinton faced a complaint from Shelby Kendall after he pulled her over in January for reckless driving in a Camaro. Despite Kendall’s driver’s license saying she is female, Brinton changed the traffic citation to list her as male.
Brinton said he thought the information on the driver’s license was a mistake.
The additional training could mean officers are required to watch a 13-minute video from the U.S. Department of Justice and then signing a document acknowledging that they saw the video. Dickerson said it could take a few weeks to get the entire Fort Lauderdale police force to see the video.