The employees of a Florida jail are being sued after placing Fior Pichardo de Veloz, 55, into an all male cell for over 10 hours.
Pichardo de Veloz was surrounded by over 40 men in the cell when employees of the jail suspected that the woman was transgender, even though she told them she was not.
Pichardo de Veloz had traveled to the United States from the Dominican Republic for her grandchild's birth. She was arrested at the airport for a five year old drug charge.
Photo: Miami-Dade Corrections
She was initially booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center as a woman. There she was strip searched, but after seeing a nurse due to high blood pressure and it being discovered she was on hormone pills the nurse wrote in her file:
"Transgender, male parts, female tendencies."
The nurse then spoke with a doctor (who did not examine Pichardo de Veloz) and he reclassified her as male. That is when they relocated the woman to Metro West Detention Center, an all male facility.
The mix-up was only discovered when Pichardo de Veloz's family came looking for her and began to ask questions.
While in the cell with the men, Pichardo de Veloz was terrified. She claims the men jeered at her and chanted:
Pichardo de Veloz was scared to use the restroom in front of the men and ended up urinating on herself. Once the horrible mistake was understood her jailers took her in for another examination to determine that she was in fact female.
All the while, Pichardo de Veloz says the male employees laughed at her with one even taking a photo.
Pichardo de Veloz sued the jail and staff but her case was thrown out with the judge stating the staff is protected from a trial for negligence.
An appeals court has since overturned the decision with Judge Frank Hull noting:
"Every reasonable prison officer and medical personnel would have known that wrongfully misclassifying a biological female as a male inmate and placing that female in the male population of a detention facility was unlawful."
Twitter was outraged at this unacceptable behavior on the part of the staff.
And even if Pichardo de Veloz was a trans woman, she never should have been placed in an all male cell.
@WFLA Prosecute them to the fullest extent please @ACLU— 🌈Tria Willow🏳️🌈🌊❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (@🌈Tria Willow🏳️🌈🌊❤️🧡💛💚💙💜)1543848258.0
@WFLA The nurse needs to be fired ASAP. To not know that menopausal women take hormone pills is ridiculous. To exam… https://t.co/jB0FKmml9d— Miya 🌈🥔 (@Miya 🌈🥔)1543860995.0
@WFLA I think the judge who threw it out initially should be disbarred.— Amy Harrell (@Amy Harrell)1543853012.0
@WFLA Who are these SICK PEOPLE who think they are all knowing on anything? Who are THEY to decide that anyone, tra… https://t.co/xsaK6Kjlgq— DaleWillResist📣 (@DaleWillResist📣)1543858661.0
@WFLA Why was she classified as having "male parts?"— Cat Guay (@Cat Guay)1543862907.0
@Ouiseau1 @WFLA people don't believe transgender people about their genders, and since the nurse thought she was tr… https://t.co/Bk8AiNTeXD— uhhh a lot more days? (@uhhh a lot more days?)1543868049.0
@WFLA The nurse should for damned sure be fired, maybe prosecuted- she’s either dumb as a brick or malicious, eithe… https://t.co/tk6N2KvcXy— WhatweNOTgonnadois... (@WhatweNOTgonnadois...)1543852424.0
@WFLA Newsflash- some 55 year old cis women take hormones after menopause. Fire everyone involved!— Kitty (@Kitty)1543851369.0
@WFLA How do they NOT know that menopausal women take hormones? That’s been true for half a century!— Animal of politics (@Animal of politics)1543848115.0
@WFLA If she’s transgender she should still be in a women’s prison. This isn’t hard people!!!— jul- I’m with Nancy (@jul- I’m with Nancy)1543859021.0
@WFLA i really fucking hate that the decision implied she was only mistreated because she wasn’t trans. this would… https://t.co/7kRKQRjLHi— dumb gay bitch juice [[big sip]] (@dumb gay bitch juice [[big sip]])1543868301.0
@WFLA Even if she was trans, why on Earth would you put a trans person in a male prison?— Conrad 🌹 (@Conrad 🌹)1543867889.0
This is why trans rights are human rights.