A female police captain has been placed on paid administrative leave after she told another police officer, who was requesting background information on a statistic about police violence, that he benefited from “white male privilege.” The incident took place during a training seminar covering topics about interacting with transgender people in the community.
The training seminar, which was held on November 1, was being led by a representative from the US Department of Justice and an attorney, and focused on discussing issues regarding how law enforcement should interact with members of the local transgender community.
During the presentation, a statistic was presented, saying that transgender people are 3.32 times more likely to be the victim of police violence than those who are not transgender.
An officer, who has 28 years with the Plainfield Police Department in Indiana, asked for clarification about the statistic from the presenter. He stated, “My wife has never been part of police violence,” continuing, “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.”
A woman’s voice, not belonging to the presenter and was later identified as Capt. Carri Weber, can be heard saying, “Cause your white male privilege, so you wouldn’t know,” according to a report by The Washington Post.
“I’m sorry?” replies the male officer.
“Your white male privilege,” Weber reiterates.
The situation quickly escalates into a heated exchange, with the male officer asking, “Chief, you gonna let [unintelligible] get away with that? Seriously? I’m asking a legitimate question here, and I’m getting [unintelligible] white privilege?”
“Are you serious?” the male officer yells. “I find that extremely offensive.”
The unnamed male officer filed a complaint regarding Weber’s comments on November 10, saying, “I was racially and sexistly slurred by Captain Carri Weber while I was asking a question of the instructor in training.” The complaint continued, “I am now firmly aware of the discriminatory belief she verbally communicated… There is no place in the Plainfield Police administration or supervision for someone who holds and espouses her discriminatory views.”
On November 16, Weber was placed on administrative leave, and a vote on her future with the department is scheduled for Thursday.
Weber was previously suspended in August for violating department policy by operating her squad car within eight hours of consuming alcohol and having alcohol in her police vehicle.