The San Francisco Police Commission has signed new dress code requirements that allow all officers to wear earrings, regardless of gender.
Under the old policy, only female officers were allowed to wear one earring in each ear, and this summer, when a non-binary employee was sent home for refusing to take off his or her earrings, it was tightly controlled.
After a vote at the Police Commission late Wednesday, Police Chief Bill Scott a new bulletin repealing the old policy, which was last updated in 2007 more than 13 years ago.
“Chief Scott acknowledged that the clean-up policy reflects social standards and has learned more about the various communities we have vowed to protect and serve,” said police officer Tiffany Hang.
While the audit has been in place since at least last year and is part of a policy update, the old requirements raised concerns in June for Officer Rubin Rhodes said the San Francisco Examiner George Floyd sat down with the protesters killed in police to wear earrings in the day after, was sent to the house.
If Rhodes calls itself by masculine pronouns, it defines it as not binary.
At the time, both Scott and the mayor of London Brid said both policies needed to change.
“The mayor strongly supports the right of all people to avoid discrimination and unequal politics in the workplace,” said Jeff Cretan, a spokesman for Breed. “This policy needs to be updated to reflect outdated and consistent standards, regardless of gender identity.”
But the policy remained in force for several months. Meanwhile, Rhodes told Tester this week that his Mission Station supervisors continued to document his violations by taking “mugshot-style” photos of him wearing earrings at least three times.
Rhodes said he was photographed twice in June after getting his knee, and in October after returning from a stressful vacation.
“They turned me left, right and forward like they were in prison and took pictures of me,” Rhodes said. “Like a black man, you understand how a black officer in full uniform discriminated against him.”
According to Rhodes, he was not sent home until he finished his knee or was photographed wearing earrings. If he stopped saying that the police had taken revenge on him, others would not.
“This seems to be revenge for the fact that Officer Rubin Rhodes is on his knees in solidarity with some sexually and sexually discriminating protesters,” Hillary Ronen, a Twitter supervisor, said in June. “We need an investigation and answers.”
Asked if Rhodes had reacted, Hang said members of the command staff, including Scott, were on their knees with the protesters.
A police spokesman also declined to confirm or deny that Rhodes was photographed by monitors or that an administrative investigation was under way.
However, Rhodes said that when the captain asked for a copy of the photos, he sent them to the police department, which is conducting such an investigation.
Rhodes said he filed two complaints with the Department of Human Resources in 2017 and 2020, but has not received a response from DHR.
A DHR spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Rhodes said the old politics were outdated, sexist and discriminatory.
“I am glad that we are taking steps towards positive changes in coverage because we are called a department,” he said.