Police Chief Apologizes For Detective's 'Insensitive' Gender Labeling

People were outraged over the way a police detective noted a victim's gender.

Houston, TX - Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo apologized Friday at a victim's vigil for a statement made by a Houston police detective earlier this week.

The statement was made by Houston Police Homicide Detective Phil Waters during a press conference on a homicide case Wednesday morning, Dec. 13.

During the press conference, Det. Waters called the murder victim, who was a transgender woman, a “black male, probably 20’s, dressed in women’s clothing.”

Houston's LGBT community quickly responded to the incident, and called it morally wrong, according to KHOU.

The victim, Brandi Seals, 26, was found fatally shot in a driveway on Brandon Street.

Det. Waters said that they were speculating that somebody picked up Seals off of the street, and that Seals was murdered when the discovered "he's not who he's representing himself to be."

A vigil for Seals was held on the steps of City Hall on Friday, and Chief Acevedo talked about Det. Waters' statement.

Chief Acevedo apologized for the department's lack of sensitivity.

On behalf of our entire police department," Acevedo said, "We just wanted to express our condolences first and foremost to a member of the community that was taken so violently."

"As insensitive as the officer’s comments were, I believe it was a mistake of the mind and not of the heart.” Chief Acevedo said.

He also said that the department will work with the Montrose Center to provide training for officers to better handle similar situations in the future.

The Montrose Center is an organization located in Houston whose mission is to "...empower our community, primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives," according to its website.

This incident was not the first time HPD ran afoul of the transgender community. A transgender man, Kris Smith, filed a $1 million lawsuit in 2016 against the city of Houston and the arresting officers in his case, according to Houston Chronicle.

Smith was arrested for trespassing at a Burger King, but the charge was later dismissed. In his lawsuit, he claimed he was insulted and treated unfairly by officers because he was transgender.

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calee
calee

I think the officer stated the facts.......he forgot about the sugarcoating for the snowflakes.

stupidisasstupiddoes
stupidisasstupiddoes

So now our LEO's are expected to apologise for giving facts as they are because they didn't fit the way someone else identified themselves? "What a world, what a world. I'm melting.......". Ugh..........

Poileas
Poileas

So how is the transgender community supposed to know this is one of their friends? PC bullshit, this is why I retired.

Steve326m
Steve326m

It was morally wrong but spot on. I don't care what lbgtq says, there is a much higher authority who says it's unnatural and that is God Himself.

Patricia
Patricia

Why is it MORALLY wrong? If the victim had a penis, he was correctly identified by the officer. Unless DNA testing is done, you don't know whether this person was just mentally ill or one of the rare genetic mutations that cause transgenders and other gender anomalies. Gender is not fluid, never has been, never can be. Genetically, you are either xx or xy or a rare genetic mutation that causes you to have both or none at all.