The entirety of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is being required to participate in additional training after an officer listed a person who was issued a traffic citation by the wrong gender. Shelby Kendall was pulled over for reckless driving and, though her license states Kendall is female, the officer identified her as male on the ticket.
As reported by the Daily Wire, James Brinton, an officer with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, stopped the driver of a Camaro in January when the vehicle was spotted driving recklessly. Kendall, the driver of the Camaro who is transgender, pulled over and was issued a traffic citation.
Brinton reviewed Kendall’s license, which stated Kendall was female and asked Kendall why it listed Kendall’s gender as such. Based on the police investigation, Kendall told the officer that Kendall identified as female.
“Well, for the purposes of this citation, you’re a male,” said Brinton as he wrote the ticket.
Speaking about the incident, Kendall stated, “If I’ve done everything I need to do for the state of Florida to recognize me as a female, [Brinton] doesn’t have a right to purposely misgender me.”
Kendall continued, “It was inappropriate and kind of bullying and sends a message to the transgender community.”
As a result of the incident, the Florida Citizens Police Review Board is requiring all members of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to participate in additional training focused on the proper treatment of transgender individuals.
The board further recommended that Brinton receive a written reprimand based on his actions during the traffic stop. Marc Dickerson, a member of the Florida Citizens Review Board, said, “I think it’s fair. It’s a matter of training, and the officers need training.”
After hearing of the board’s decision, Kendall said, “Couldn’t have asked for more.” Kendall went on to say, “I just think the city is showing they’re willing to help others and make everyone feel welcome.”
The officers could be forced to view a 13-minute video created by the US Department of Justice, which features example scenarios and instruction on how to properly interact with members of the transgender community, and then sign a document stating that they saw the film.