Grandma mistakenly booked into all-male jail, staff thought she was transgender

Grandma mistakenly booked into all-male jail, staff thought she was transgender
Pichardo de Veloz (Image: Miami-Dade Corrections)

[Ed. – Sigh!]

A woman is suing employees of a Florida jail after they allegedly forced her to spend nearly 10 hours in a cell surrounded by 40 men because they suspected she was transgender, the Miami Herald reported. 

Fior Pichardo de Veloz, 55, was had come to Miami from the Dominican Republic to witness the birth of her grandchild when she was arrested at the airport on an outstanding drug charge in 2013.

The arresting officer listed her gender as female. She was booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and processed as a woman, then strip-searched, the newspaper reported.

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Due to her history of high blood pressure, Pichardo was taken to a medical unit to be examined as a precaution.  A nurse noted she had been taking hormone pills and asked her whether she was a man. Despite Pichardo’s denial of this, the nurse added this note to her file: “Transgender, male parts, female tendencies.”

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Pichardo was then transferred to the all-male jail Metro West Detention Center and shared a cell with about 40 men, who jeered at her yelling ‘Mami! Mami!’, according to the report. She said she was terrified to go to the bathroom and “urinated on herself instead.”

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