Although the Chicago Police Department has had its roughest summer in years, there is some good news to report.
Late last month, CPD adopted a new policy that addresses police treatment of transgender citizens:
The order mandates that police not search transgender people in an attempt to determine their gender, that officers respect preferred names and pronouns for transgender detainees and that they not use someone’s gender identity as assumed cause for a crime. It further bans derogatory language against trans people.
The policy comes after years of complaints from transgender women who report that police stop them for walking at night on the assumption that they are engaged in sex work.
CPD officers will receive training to ensure that they are properly prepared to police in accordance with the order.
Will this new policy positively affect the way transgender persons are treated by police?
Will the policy be regarded as a failure like the one adopted in Washington, D.C. is?
Is this a step in the right direction?
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