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Milwaukee police will hide victims’ gender, race after claims of ‘misgendering’

The Milwaukee Police Department will no longer list a crime victim’s race or gender in public releases after previous instances of misgendering transgender crime victims. 

“It’s a way to preserve the dignity and privacy of all victims,” Heather Hough, Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) chief of staff said last week, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “MPD wants to ensure the best service possible for our entire community.”

The announcement was made last Wednesday after the department held discussions with members of the LGBTQ community, according to Hough. Milwaukee is a Democratic stronghold in the state and has been led by Democratic mayors since 1960. 

MPD LGBTQ liaison Sgt. Guadalupe Velasquez told local outlet TMJ4 that she approached police leadership in May for a policy change after misgendering a transgender victim. 

“We share the goal of not misgendering transgender victims of crimes. But if there are concerns about bad information being released, the best remedy is to assure that only solid information is released — not to put up new barriers that make it harder for the public to know what is happening in their neighborhoods and throughout the community.”

The police department did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for additional comment on the policy change. 

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