Last Thursday, Brendan Mannix filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department accusing the department of homophobia and harassment. Specifically members of the department for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination based on his sexual orientation and retaliating against a whistle-blower.
Mannix states in his lawsuit that he was subjected to homophobic remarks by colleagues in regards to his sexual orientation, calling his a “queen” and “too dramatic” and disparaging remarks about his masculinity.
When he tried reporting this to the department he claims it made no effort to acknowledge or stop the harassment, but instead retaliated against him by not providing him back up while on patrol (a department requirement when asked) and giving him “unfavorable assignments at the station.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
The bulk of Mannix’s accusations focus on two sergeants. One suggested Mannix was in a sexual relationship with the other gay officer at the station, and when Mannix did or said something the sergeant believed was stereotypically gay, he would say “ugh, you gays!” or “God, you gays!” Organ said.
The sergeant, Organ said, would also mock Mannix’s hairstyle and physical appearance, making comments like, “Is that hair big enough?!” and “How much do you weigh? One hundred pounds soaking wet?”
It is also been claimed that a sergeant “talked positively about how ‘back in the day,’ the police would ‘round up’ all of the ‘trannies’” who were prostitutes.
Mannix also describes the department as an “Old Boys’ Club’ atmosphere” where “anyone who did not fit a precise mold–broadly speaking, straight, cisgender, white and male–was targeted for mistreatment; those who complained about it were treated even worse.”
Spokesman David Stevenson did not comment on the lawsuit but stated: “committed to diversity, tolerance, and respect for the public and all of our members.” Furthermore, “Department members are sworn to hold each other accountable and required to act swiftly to report any misconduct,” Stevenson said.
The attorney office for the city of San Francisco declined to comment on the lawsuit as well, but said: “The city of San Francisco, including the Police Department, has been a leader on LGBT rights for decades and remains committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all.”