Police Department Will No Longer Share Victim’s Gender To Avoid ‘Misgendering’

  • The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) declared on Wednesday that it would cease disclosing a victim’s gender, citing concerns about “misgendering,” following pressure from LGBT advocates.
  • The department disclosed that it would no longer include a victim’s race in information released on a proactive basis. It’s important to clarify that these policy adjustments pertain exclusively to proactive information sharing and will not affect open records or crime statistics.
  • These changes will not be applicable to information concerning crime suspects. Heather Hough, the Chief of Staff for MPD, characterized this policy revision as a measure intended to protect the dignity and privacy of all crime victims.
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