Officers in the Minneapolis Police Department were required to sit in on a lecture about the “infinite number” of gender pronouns, a source told The Minnesota Sun.
The lecture was part of the department’s annual in-service training held Thursday and participation was mandatory, claimed a source.
“Please note that these are not the only pronouns. There are an infinite number of pronouns as new ones emerge in our language. Always ask someone for their pronouns,” said a slide from the training on gender pronouns.
According to the slide, possible pronouns for officers to look for include she, he, they, and “ze,” which has a possessive form of “hirs/zirs.”
“Ze is speaking,” the slide lists as an example of the “ze” pronoun. “I listened to hir. The backpack is zirs.”
“Officers are getting shot and assaulted at unprecedented rates, and this is what they’re spending their time on?” a source familiar with the situation told The Minnesota Sun.
The source claimed that the Minneapolis Police Department now prohibits officers from participating in the “Street Survival Seminar,” a two-day training program put on by Calibre Press, which is a public safety training company based out of Illinois.
Participation in the training was apparently banned after it was discovered that St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed Philando Castile in July 2016, completed the training. Yanez also participated in a “Bulletproof Warrior” training offered by Calibre Press, whose critics told The Star Tribune in 2016 that the company’s training programs foster a sense of paranoia and aggression among police officers.
“Virtually every cop in the nation has gone through this training,” the source said in response. “They’re not letting the guys get the training they need to do actual police work.”
The Minnesota Sun reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department for comment on the matter, but didn’t receive a response in time for publication.
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