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New Law Requires Police To Use ‘Preferred Names and Pronouns’ on Mugshots

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A new law in California requires law enforcement agencies to use the preferred name and gender pronouns of alleged criminals in mug shots posted on social media.

The law also restricts how long mug shots can remain online, allowing them to be posted for only 14 days unless specific circumstances apply.

“With respect to an individual who has been arrested for any crime, this bill would require a police department or sheriff’s office, upon posting a booking photo on social media, to use the name and pronouns given by the individual arrested,” the law states. (Trending: Transgender Actor ‘Purposefully Misgendered’ By Airline Employee)

“The bill would authorize a police department or sheriff’s office to use other legal names or known aliases of an individual in limited specified circumstances.”

“This bill would also require that a police department or sheriff’s office remove any booking photo shared on social media after 14 days unless specified circumstances exist.”

Additionally, the law is retroactive, requiring the removal of existing mug shots posted prior to December 17.

The new rules have sparked both mockery and skepticism online.

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