Fior Pichardo de Veloz, 55, (pictured in her mug shot) was booked into a Miami prison as a man on November 4, 2013
A grandmother who was mistakenly booked into Miami jail as man is now she’s suing prison workers who forced her to spend nearly 10 hours in a male cell where she was so tormented she wet herself.
Fior Pichardo de Veloz, 55, was booked in the Metro West Detention Center in Miami on November 4, 2013.
Pichardo was an attorney and elected official in the Dominican Republic and came to Miami to witness the birth of her grandchild.
But her plans went awry when she was arrested at the airport for an old drug case she didn’t know was outstanding, according to the
After a strip-search she was classified as a woman, but the jail doctor and nurse wrongly booked her as a man, claiming she was transgender with male genitalia.
They saw her menopause pills and Dr. Fredesvindo Rodriguez-Garcia and nurse Fatu Kamara Harris wrongly thought she was taking hormone tablets because she was transgender.
The decision went against the arresting officer who listed Pichardo as female and against a female officer strip search, where her private areas were examined.
She previously filed a lawsuit against the jail, which was thrown out. This month a federal appeals court reinstated her lawsuit against the jail doctor and nurse who booked her as male
After she was reclassified as male, despite never receiving an examination from the doctor, she was taken to Metro West Detention Center, an all male prison in Miami where she was leered at for 10 hours until her family came to her rescue
Still, the Nurse Harris told the jailer that some male inmates take hormone pills to enhance their breasts. Harris even asked Pichardo her gender, to which she said she was a woman.
Yet Rodriguez-Garcia reclassified her as a man, without conducting a physical examination.
Then she was taken to the all-male jail Metro West Detention Center where she insisted she was a woman, to which an officer replied ‘You are a woman. Good luck if you’re alive tomorrow’.
That decision led to 10 hours of torment in a jail cell with 40 men who jeered at Pichardo yelling ‘Mami! Mami!’
She was so petrified to even use the bathroom she ‘urinated on herself instead’, according to a recently released appeals court opinion.
No one realized the blunder until her family members went to Turner Guilford Knight, where she was originally taken by police. Then Pichardo was removed from the all male cell for a new examination.
She said several male officers laughed at her during that examination and someone took a photo. A nurse then realized the mistake and she was taken to Turner Guilford Knight.
But this month a federal appeals court reinstated the lawsuit against the jail doctor and nurse who booked her as a man.
‘Every reasonable prison officer and medical personnel would have known that wrongfully misclassifying a biological female as a male inmate and placing that female in the male population of a detention facility was unlawful,’ Judge Frank Hull wrote in an unanimous opinion on November 21.
Picardo’s lawyer said ‘we are pleased’ with the court’s decision.
‘The opinion correctly held, as we believed, that the defendants could not be so struthious as to ignore the overwhelming evidence in front of them that Mrs. Pichardo was in fact female,’ lawyer Ryan Marks said.