A police officer is the victim of a Florida police department that is putting victimhood above common sense, says a pro-family activist.
John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council says he's outraged over the investigation of James Brinton, a Fort Lauderdale police officer who didn't address a man as a transgender female at a traffic stop.
Brinton pulled over Shelby Kendall in January after he noticed Kendall drag racing another automobile on a public road. During the traffic stop, the police officer "mis-gendered" Kendall as "male" even after Kendall protested.
Kendall took the alleged slight to Internal Affairs, which has suggested a letter of reprimand, and now a Citizens Police Review Board will ultimately decide his punishment. The board heard the case July 10.
Stemberger tells OneNewsNow it appears Brinton is being forced to comply with the "fiction" that a man who appears to be male can demand to be called a female – and punish anyone was refuses to go along.
"It violates conscience. It violates freedom of speech," he complains. "It violates the common sense and collective wisdom of history and basic biology."
Kendall, 48, told The Sun Sentinel newspaper that he began transitioning to female in 2014. Yet a news video shows the six foot-plus man speaking with a deep voice, and without women's clothes or sporting long hair or makeup, which is how he appeared to the police officer.
Kendall has legally altered the driver's license to read "female" with help from his doctors, and police authorities told the newspaper that it's standard procedure to base identification on the driver's license.
"The bottom line is this: Our law enforcement officers have one of the most complex and challenging jobs already the way it is," observes Stemberger. "For us to have to make the job even more challenging just disrespects their already complicated job."