Florida Police Officer to Receive Letter of Reprimand for Marking ‘Transgender’ as Male on Citation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Citizens Police Review Board has decided that a Florida police officer should receive a letter of reprimand for marking “male” on a traffic ticket when the driver identified as a woman. The board also recommended that the entire police department receive transgender sensitivity training.

According to reports, in January, Officer James Brinton pulled over a man who goes by the name Shelby Kendall (pictured) for reckless driving. Kendall had been racing his Camaro against a Mustang on a four-lane when spotted by police.

When Brinton began completing the citation with the aid of his computer, which scanned Kendall’s driver’s license and automatically filled in the identifying information, Brinton noted that the computer had marked the sex as “female.”

Thinking it was a mistake, Brinton then asked Kendall why his license was marked in such a way, and he replied that it is because he identifies as female.

“Well, for the purposes of this citation, you’re a male,” Brinton allegedly stated, and changed the citation accordingly.

Kendall soon called the internal affairs department to complain about Brinton.

“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 mis-gender me,” Kendall told the Sun-Sentinel. “It was inappropriate and kind of bullying and sends a message to the transgender community.”

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The matter was brought before the Citizens Police Review Board on Monday, which agreed with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department that Brinton should receive a letter of reprimand. It also concluded that the entire police department should receive training on the issue.

The training, according to the Sun-Sentinel, could entail that the officers watch a sensitivity video created by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Obama administration.

As previously reported, the video, “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community,” was produced by the DOJ’s Community Relations Service and features role playing skits to show officers how they are to respond to certain scenarios involving transgendered persons.

The opening skit portrays an officer pulling over a person who looks like a woman but whose drivers license identification is that of a man.

“Do you prefer if I call you ma’am or sir?” Cpl. Evan Baxter of the Prince George’s County Police Department asks.

“Ma’am, please,” replies the man with the appearance of a woman.

“When in doubt, it’s always best to ask an individual what their preference is. Just simply ask, ‘How would you like to be addressed?’” narrator Sgt. Brett Parson explains in the teaching segment. “Using the correct or preferred pronouns demonstrates respect and lets the individual know that you are knowledgeable about their community, which is both reassuring and shows that you are a true professional.”

The Fort Lauderdale Police still has to agree to participate in the training as recommended by the board, and the city manager must also sign off on sending Brinton a letter of reprimand.

“The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is committed to the equal treatment of all of our neighbors and visitors,” Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement. “Furthermore, we endeavor to take appropriate action if there are incidents discovered where it is alleged we veered from that position.”

“I believe the department’s actions concerning the investigation before the Citizens’ Police Review Board clearly illustrates our commitment,” he opined.

Psalm 10:4 reads, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God. God is not in all his thoughts.”


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  • bowie1

    I got a parking ticket a while ago and it only has my model and make and license plate ID on it – no names, no genders, and the offence committed i.e. going over the one hour parking limit. Is it different there?

    • Melissa Lea

      Yes. They don’t know who parked the vehicle.

  • Fred Cox

    Bigger question: How are transgenders to be incarcerated?.. Does the government need to commence building prisons or accommodations based a person’s gender identification?

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      i think they already have segregation areas for the mentally challenged …………..

    • InTheChurch

      No, they are gladly accepted in regular prisons. They are quickly placed in nurturing and loving relationships.

  • Michael C

    It’s not the role of a police officer to challenge the law. Police officers enforce the law. Legally, Ms. Kendall is female and she should be treated as such in respects to the law.

    Officer Brinton actions may have been unintentional. He may have misgendered her by accident. That’s understandable, especially if he has receive no training on working with transgender citizens.

    Officer Brinton does not have to like the fact that some people are transgender. His job, however, requires him to work alongside all sorts of different people and it’s not too much to expect him to show respect to all citizens, even if they have broken the law.

    • cadcoke5

      To require individuals to deny reality is NOT an appropriate use of the law.

      • Michael C

        Police officers are charged with dealing in legal realities. That’s foundation of their job. Do you disagree?

        • Amos Moses – He>i

          no …. they are charged with ENFORCING THE LAW ….. not peoples delusions ………..

          • Michael C

            no …. they are charged with ENFORCING THE LAW …..

            And by law, Ms. Kendall is a woman.

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            by reality ….. HE is not a “she” ……….. and never will be ………….. no matter what the “law” says ……. and that “law” …………. not enforceable on anyone ………….

          • Kathleen Eaton

            actually, no. By law, MR. Kendall is being “called” a woman. That doesn’t change the fact that he is not one. man.. you drank the koolaid.. you are either totally brainwashed or just in extreme denial. appearances don’t create reality. The fact that some dumbass public servant decided they should CALL this man a woman does not change him into a woman. Even surgery won’t do that, which is why many of them are in just as bad a shape emotionally and psychologically after surgery as before.

        • Jason Todd

          Wait. What? Are you suggesting there are two different realities?

        • Florenca Mcdowell

          AS ARE NORMAL PEOPLE WHO USUALLY KNOW WHAT SEX THEY WERE BORN. NIP YOUR PENIS, TUCK IT WITH A STITCH SHOOT YOURSELF UP WITH HORMONES AND HAVE BREASTS ADDED.
          NOW THAT IS NOT I REPEAT NOT REALITY PERVERTS ARE MENTALLY ILL AND YOU SHOW JUST HOW MENTALLY CHALLENGED YOU ARE.

    • Spinuzzi

      As far as the law goes, you decide, but as far as your assertion that this man is “female”, it would appear you are wrong. A male has male chromosomes, and no desire or wishing will change that. Truth is immutable, and to say that a male is a female just because they wish it so is utter insanity. I mean that literally – this line of “thinking” is NOT SANE. It is no different that someone looking at you profile picture as presented and saying that the person in the picture is beardless and not wearing glasses.

      • Michael C

        As far as the law goes, you decide, but as far as your assertion that this man is “female”, it would appear you are wrong.

        I don’t get to decide anything and neither does this officer of the law. The state of Florida already decided. Ms. Kendall’s legal sex is female. Legally. As in, according to the law. As in, according to the government. As in, according to the police.

        You are free to disagree with the state of Florida. Even the officer in question is free to disagree with the state of Florida.

        An officer of the law, however, is bound to act in accordance with and with respect to the law. The law says that Ms. Kendall is female. Police officers don’t have the authority to change the law. As a citizen, officer Brinton is free to petition the government to change the law. As a police officer, he must respect it.

        • Kathleen Eaton

          It’s freaking insane and the State of Florida needs to be cleared out of every deluded representative, official etc., that is responsible for promoting these ridiculous “laws” And by the way, it was a CITIZENS REVIEW panel that made the decision.. another ridiculous invention. When the people we vote into office to represent us and to help us run society go insane, the logical response is to get them mental help and to replace them with people who actually live in reality

        • Florenca Mcdowell

          JUDGES DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SAY YOUR SEX IS DIFFERENT THAN YOUR DNA.

    • Kathleen Eaton

      you are out of your ever lovin mind. The guy is a GUY. He is NOT a female.
      He wants to be called female on his license, even though looking at his pic he is clearly dressed as a man, makes no attempt to look like a woman (though that alone certainly won’t change his status) even to his balding head. Give it a break. Denying reality doesn’t make it so.

      • Jason Todd

        Unfortunately, being a long-time commenter, I have discovered reason is not a concept for which Michael has much regard. His arguments have been dropped from the Burj Kalifa, flagellated, incinerated, flattened and flayed, and yet without fail he regurgitates the same things every single time.

    • Florenca Mcdowell

      there is NO LAW ON BOOKS ABOUT TRANNYS I.D. STOP STOP STOP LYING. PERHAPS THE OFFICER THOUGHT IT WAS A COMPUTER TYPING ERROR.
      BECAUSE HE WAS CLEARLY LOOKING AT A MAN.

  • bowie1

    What would happen in the case of missing persons in regards to a description and ask for tips from the public and are told it is someone who say they is female but looks like a male? Wouldn’t that make it more difficult to find the person?

    • Michael C

      If there was a missing transgender female, they would probably be out looking for a missing transgender female. That doesn’t sound too complicated to me.

      In this case, we have an officer of the law referring to a legally recognized woman as being male on a citation. Do you have any comment about this situation?

      • bowie1

        What if “she” wears a beard and men’s clothes but still “feels” like a woman?

        • Michael C

          Should the officer abide by and respect the law and the citizen’s legal sex…or should the officer ignore the law and do whatever they want?

          I’ll pick door number one. You still haven’t commented on the actual situation. Do you think that the officer should ignore the law? …take the law in their own hands?

          • cadcoke5

            Are you saying that the law requires everyone to call a man pretending to be a woman, a woman?

          • Michael C

            Are you saying that the law requires everyone to call a man pretending to be a woman, a woman?

            Please direct me to anything I said that even remotely resembles such a thing.

          • cadcoke5

            You stated that the officer must respect the law, and call this individual a woman. What specific law are you talking about?

          • Michael C

            According to the law, Ms. Kendall is a woman. This means that, according to all government agencies and officials when acting as agents of the government, Ms. Kendall is a woman.

            There doesn’t need to be a law that requires officers to refer to women as women. That’s just basic respect. It doesn’t get more basic than that.

            I don’t think it’s out of bounds to expect police officers to show citizens basic respect.

          • cadcoke5

            The judge who decided to call this man a woman does not have the power to create a law that requires all citizens to verbally agree with the concept that gender is determined by how you feel.

            It is not out of bounds to expect citizens (including police officers) to be shown the basic respect, that they can hold the opinion that gender is not determined by how you feel.

            Freedom of speech is one of our basic rights. Forced speech, especially when it requires us to spit in the face of God, is not something that can constitutionally be imposed upon us.

          • Kathleen Eaton

            It wasn’t even a judge, it was a “citizen review panel”… sad

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            GAY COMMUNITY HAS RUN FT. LAUDERDALE FOR A LOOONG TIME. TIME TO GET THEM OUT FOR THE CHILDRENS SAKE

          • Jason Todd

            Indeed. It’s 100% unconstitutional, and I would have told that arrogant, stupid review panel the answer was no.

          • Spinuzzi

            So you would also go along with Nazi-era law that stated that children are owned by the state and that Jews and Christians are sub-human and can be treated as animals, or Sharia law, that states that non-Muslims are sub-human and can be treated like animals? Truth supersedes man’s laws. It was against the law that we revolted against Britain. Are you a US citizen, or do you claim Britain, and work to undermine the US?

          • Kathleen Eaton

            Bringing the US/British struggle into this just muddies the waters. Unless you realize that we revolted against Britain because of religious persecution, in which case righteousness trumps law. .. I guess that’s fitting to your point about sharia loaw or the nazi era laws you mentioned

          • Spinuzzi

            Yeah, I was trying to point out that he seems to think that if something is the law of the land that we should all just go along with it. My point of view is to follow all the laws UNLESS they go against God’s Law (sometimes referred to as Natural Law, though the two are not always the same). Our constitution was written to conform with Natural Law and God’s Law, but we have allowed our “representatives to derail that. Everyone here should read “The 5000 Year Leap”. -Blessings

          • Kathleen Eaton

            Great point

          • Kathleen Eaton

            There is nothing in the article that states Mr. Kendall is a woman legally. All it says is that Kendall “identifies” as female, therefore the Police Officer must write in female in the description. it’s completely nonsensical in the line of police work to do such a thing. It isn’t about respect, its’ about facts, and doing good police work relies on FACTS not respect alone

          • Michael C

            There is nothing in the article that states Mr. Kendall is a woman legally.

            Perhaps you need to take a second to stop writing a thousand comments and go back and actually read the story.

          • Jason Todd

            Mr. Kendall is a man. Facts don’t care about feelings.

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            according to your posts this officer WAS DISRESPECTFUL OF HER RIGHTFUL I.D. SO PERHAPS YOU HAD BETTER RE READ THE ARTICLE OR EVEN BETTER YOUR POSTS.

          • Jason Todd

            According to the man’s genitalia, he’s exactly that.

            Police officers should never be asked or compelled to enable mental illness in the name of “respect.”

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            WHAT JUDGE STATED HE WAS A WOMAN??? DOES A SINGLE JUDGE HAVE THE RIGHT TO “MAKE UP LAWS” NONE ON BOOKS IN FL.
            IF I WAS TO CALL YOU TRANNY.GAYS A PERVERTS IT IS MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO DO SO.
            IT IS “CLEAR” WHO IS MENTALLY CONFUSED NOT THE OFFICER.

          • Spinuzzi

            You said:
            “Legally, Ms. Kendall is female and she should be treated as such in respects to the law.”

          • Kathleen Eaton

            It is implied by the situation actually

          • Kathleen Eaton

            exactly. What happens to free speech? They are trying to force us through these kinds of “litmus tests” to call someone a man even though they are clearly a woman, or vice versa REGARDLESS of what WE believe. We have free speech and they can’t take that away. And as a matter of fact, I bet if this went to a higher court, this nonsense would be cleared immediately. These PC BS laws can’t supercede our rights to free speech. Putting male on that license was the obvious choice and has more to do with ACTUAL identifying characteristics, rather than what the person “identifies” as

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            yOUR POST SAYING THAT THERE ARE TWO LAWS AND THE OFFICER BROKE THE FIRST LAW WHICH SAYS A TRANNY CAN IDENTIFY AND MUST BE ACCEPTED. READ YOUR OWN POSTS

          • Kathleen Eaton

            we all need to take the “law” into our hands and demand it be changed. It’s freaking ludicrous. The fact you are trying to defend it just boggles the mind

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            Michael IS GAY AND HIS VIEWS ARE FOR HIM AND HIS ILK NOT THE REST OF SOCIETY. HE IS ALSO A BIG DNA DENIER.

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            You don’t have door number 1.
            In Fl. there NO LAW ON BOOKS that says
            ” IF” YOU IDENTIFY AS A SEX THEN THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE.
            PLEASE TELL US WHAT THE LAW IS THAT YOU THINK THIS OFFICER BROKE?
            NONE ON BOOKS! JUST QUEER MARRIAGE SO FAR .

      • Michael A. Albert

        Take a look at the MAN’S picture! WHAT do you see…a biological MALE or a biological FEMALE?
        You don’t have to be a genius to figure it out!
        The officer CLEARLY did not ignore the law, nor did he ignore the OBVIOUS!

      • Florenca Mcdowell

        SURE DO. I THOUGHT LIBERALS and queers were NOT SCIENCE DENIERS?
        DNA IS DNA SCIENCE IS SCIENCE AND MENTAL DEFICIENT PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED. BTW WHO RECOGNIZED HIM AS A WOMAN ? CERTAINLY NOT GOD.Breast implants hormone shots and nip and tuck of your penis DOES NOT MAKE YOU A WOMAN.
        SCIENCE DENIER

        • Michael C

          Ma’am, you’re yelling.

    • Kathleen Eaton

      you are absolutely right

  • Reason2012

    No. Americans cannot be forced to deny basic biology and instead conform to someone else’s personal delusions. Their attempt to do so is nothing but flat out indoctrination.

    You want to walk around and pretend to be a dog? Have at it if the left wants to pretend you’re healthy – but when you try to force, more so be legal means, everyone else to conform to your anti-reality delusion, that’s a violation of everyone else’s rights and should be treated as such.

    Meanwhile, are we ready to get back to God and realize His judgments are true? Are we weary of evil in this world that continues to grow at an alarming rate? We are all going to face judgment and God/Christ offers forgiveness to whosoever may come. We simply believe Jesus is God, believe on what He did on the cross as the only way to be reconciled back to God for our lifetime of sinning, and call upon Him to save us, realizing we need righteousness outside of ourselves. Start reading the bible again daily, starting with the gospels and start living in God’s world and the joy and peace He offers, not this lost world and its pain and suffering instead, not to mention the coming judgment.

    John 3:14-21 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved [exposed]. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified!

    Live forever, friends! Don’t settle for this one lifetime here just to wallow in sin and throw away eternal life and be cast out into_hell!

  • Ohso

    The purpose of Political Correctness is not to inform or educate – but Humiliate – therefore the less it conforms to reality the better. When people are told the most obvious of lies, or worse forced to repeat them – they lose all sense of probity. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control (Dr. Anthony Daniels, writing as Theodore Dalrymple.
    BTW – the subject of Identity Fraud was not mentioned, although it is central to the scam.
    Perhaps the ‘cartoon’ South Park nailed the scam when 4th grade teacher Mr. Garrison became Ms. Garrison, and after being told by ‘other Women’ that absence of a period meant they were pregnant. Hence Ms. Garrison ‘logically’ assumed the same – and demanded an abortion.
    It is only a matter of time until Doctors afraid of the Thought Police will start removing various organs (appendix, spleen…) to satisfy the deranged ideology of Male Drag Queens.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      Political Correctness is nothing less than mind control …..
      1. Cause people to worry about offending those around them
      2. Once afraid to speak out, then afraid to think it
      3. Once afraid to think it, it is never spoken
      4. Control of the public is achieved

  • BigJohnny

    Your in a bank, it gets robbed. The Police report due to the PC police. Robber described as not male not female, Not tall not short, not white, black or any other color. Not thin not fat. that’s who the Police will be looking for? All cases open due to no one can point out robber because no description!

    • Bob Johnson

      So if Buck Angel should ever rob your bank, do you want the dispatch to say, “Suspect is a women, .. “?

      • http://www.IGOTBUTTHURTbyPAPASnarf.com/ THEREAL-PapaSnarf

        Did you just assumed its Gender?

        • Kathleen Eaton

          Don’t you? Look, there are names that are traditionally male or female, and then there are names that could be either or. That’s just reality. If you want to ignore reality I guess you can do that.. but man.. you are headed down a very very deep rabbit hole

          • http://www.IGOTBUTTHURTbyPAPASnarf.com/ THEREAL-PapaSnarf

            I was been sarcastic lol. (its a meme)

    • Kathleen Eaton

      Right? lol

  • SFBruce

    The notion that a person should be addressed by the pronoun with which they identify doesn’t seem remotely radical to me. At the same time, I think Officer Brinton’s mistake isn’t a huge one, so a simple letter would seem the appropriate response, and that’s exactly what happened here. Sensitivity training for the entire department also seems entirely appropriate. The job of the police should be to protect the entire community for which they serve, and who pay their salary.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      “The notion that a person should be addressed by the pronoun with which they identify doesn’t seem remotely radical to me.”

      so the illness is contagious ……… hmmmmmm ….. i ran a stop sign and no matter what i said to the cop about it was not really a stop sign …… he still wrote me a ticket …. my reality of myself and the situation did not phase him …… the dirty rat ……….. /SARC

      • SFBruce

        That’s the most ridiculous analogy I’ve ever heard. It’s certainly true that allowing some subjective ideas to be acted on are harmful to public safety, but honoring a person’s self-identity certainly isn’t one of them.

        • Kathleen Eaton

          I call BS on that one. When police are forced to call males female and vice versa we have a HUGE problem. How the hell are they supposed to IDENTIFY suspects when the suspect can have their OFFICIAL ID say whatever they want, when facts are just the opposite?!

        • Florenca Mcdowell

          BRUCEY PERHAPS YOU ID YOURSELF AS ANOTHER. However that statement about the stop sign was a true statement I you are allowed to MAKE UP YOUR OWN LAWS THEN WHY NOT THE REST OF US?

    • Kathleen Eaton

      mistake? Listen, reality IS what it IS regardless of whether you or that dude that wants to identify as a woman thinks. He IS a male. Most likely judging on the pic they gave of him, he still even has male organs. He can say he “identifies” as a woman all he wants, but he is clearly male. Seems to me this is a HUGE can of worms for police work. So… they need to look for a suspect, and the ID says the suspect is female.. but the person they are looking for has all the appropriate organs of a male. That doesn’t seem like a problem to you? It’s freaking ridiculous to say that because a person “feels” like they are something, that means they are. It’s one of the most insane things that has come up this generation. I swear society has jumped into the Rabbit Hole and things can only get more bizzarre from here

    • cadcoke5

      I believe I am the emperor of the WORLD! You MUST address me as “Your Supreme Highness” or you will be violating your own ethics.

  • Michael A. Albert

    How about a dog? Can I self ID as a dog, though I don’t have paws, four legs fur or a tail? What about a hawk? Would that work? No I don’t have feathers and a beak, but I sort of feel like a hawk!
    This is all a bunch of PC Crap for mentally ill people to play “dress up” in their minds. This is NOT what laws are for!!! If you have male genitals you are a male! If you have a womb and female genitals, then you are a woman! Otherwise you need a shrink! Sick of hearing of peoples lives and professions being ruined for Political Correctness…which is of its self, a mental illness.

    • Kathleen Eaton

      hear hear!

  • Quincher Glock

    insane

  • http://www.IGOTBUTTHURTbyPAPASnarf.com/ THEREAL-PapaSnarf

    Mental illness checked.

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      there should be a breathalyzer for that …………

  • Chet

    Wow. These wannabees thought to be evolving sure make for some hard looking make believe women… One can cut some things off and plus up a couple of things here and their and inject whatever into their backside and all his is empty futility. It changes nothing. A man can lose his privates due to accident, war or cancer, yet, he’ll always remain a man. DNA determines gender and such is not alterable no matter the radical outward appearance attempts…

  • Kathleen Eaton

    unless the person has had a total transition they ought to be called what they remain biologically. It’s ridiculous. So what are we to call those who are half and half, she man? The guy LOOKS like a guy in the pic as well. It seem to me that anyone can “identify” as whatever they want, this does not MAKE them what they “identify” as. I saw a report on a guy that had tons of surgery to make himself look like a gender neutral alien.. wth are we to call that one?? The world is officially going insane! People need to grow up, and realize that even psychiatry says these people have a PSYCHOLOGICAL problem that causes them to want to be something they are not, or to perceive themselves as something they are not. Most children that experience this grow out of it, but there ARE underlying psychogical problems. This is NOT Sane. It is NOT normal, and regardless of the fact we want to be “nice” to these people, supporting them in their delusions does more harm than good! When the hell is society going to snap out of this PC BS that seeks to erase gender because of the perverted ideology of the few???

    • Spinuzzi

      Of course a person can never actually have a total conversion, as that would entail changing the chromosomes in every cell of their body, so, as you have said, this is NOT sane.