Police Captain Suspended After Telling Fellow Officer He Had ‘White Male Privilege’
A police department will vote Thursday on the job of a female police captain who was suspended after telling a fellow officer he had “white male privilege.”
The Plainfield Police Department in Indiana put Capt. Carri Weber on paid administrative leave after she responded to a question an officer had by telling him he had “white male privilege,” The Washington Post reported.
An unnamed male officer with nearly three decades of service questioned a statistic during a November presentation indicating that transgender individuals have a 332 percent greater likelihood of falling victim to police violence than non-transgender individuals. The statistic came from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, a self-described “national advocacy [group] for local LGBTQH communities.”
“My wife has never been part of police violence,” said the male officer when presented with the statistic. “Most of the people that I know have never been, accused the police of violence. So I guess I don’t get where that statistic comes from.”
“‘Cause your white male privilege, so you wouldn’t know,” Weber said.
“Chief, you gonna let them get away with that?” said the male officer. “Seriously? I’m asking a legitimate question here, and I’m getting taught white privilege? Are you serious? I find that extremely offensive.”
“I was racially and sexistly [sic] slurred by Captain Carri Weber while I was asking a question of the instructor in training,” said the unnamed male officer in a Nov. 10 complaint against Weber, reported WRTV. “I am now firmly aware of the discriminatory belief she just verbally communicated … There is no place in the Plainfield Police administration or supervision for someone who holds and espouses her discriminatory views.”
The Plainfield police department previously suspended Weber in August for possessing alcohol in her car and driving within eight hours of drinking alcohol, both breaches of department policy.
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