Chicago Cop Sues City To Change Race On Records After Officers Allowed To Change Genders

He currently identifies as Egyptian and African American.
Officers at Jeremy N. Henwood memorial service in San Diego.
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A Chicago police officer is suing the city to change his race from “white” on official records after the police department started allowing cops to change their gender identity.

Mohammad Yusuf, 43, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last week saying that he wants to change his race on police records from “Caucasian” because he “currently identifies as Egyptian and African American.”

“Yusuf wishes to correct the racial designation listed on his police personnel file, which currently indicates that he is Caucasian, to accurately reflect his race, as North African,” the lawsuit reads.

The Chicago Police Department has refused Yusuf’s request, he claims.

The veteran cop claims that back in 20o4 when he joined the force, police records provided limited selections for race — only Caucasian, Hispanic, and African American. At the time, he chose Caucasian, but now there are more options.

Yusuf even provided his 23andMe results to prove his ethnicity, but the police department continued to refuse his request, he says.

The lawsuit accuses the police department of having a “double standard,” noting that officers are allowed to change their gender identity on official records.

“While other CPD officers are afforded the opportunity to have their gender identity corrected to match their lived experience, Officer Yusuf and others in similar positions are barred from obtaining accurate racial designations that align with their racial identity,” the suit says.


One of the main issues is that Yusuf claims his career has suffered because he identified as white.

The lawsuit says that despite the Chicago police department claiming to have a race-neutral and merit-based promotion system, Yusuf has been “repeatedly bypassed” for promotions in favor of less qualified black officers who had “disciplinary issues.”

So far, Yusuf has not obtained the promotion to sergeant that he wanted, the suit says, despite scoring in the “first promotional tier” on the sergeant’s exam in 2019.

“We do not comment on pending litigation,” the Chicago Police Department said.

Yusuf’s attorney Gianna Scatchell Basile, who is married to a Chicago police detective, said the city’s approach has been “arbitrary.”

“I think the City of Chicago was on the right track when they allowed people to change their gender identity, and allowed them to identify as the proper gender, but then when it comes to race, it’s just very arbitrary,” Basile told The Daily Beast.

The lawsuit calls race a “social construct.”

“The idea of even having to prove race is wrong,” Basile said. “Race is not scientific.”

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