Female Cop Brings Up 'White Male Privilege,' Is Suspended

Thursday vote will determine Capt. Carri Weber's fate with department
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2017 7:58 AM CST

A female police captain in Indiana has been placed on administrative leave after telling a colleague he benefited from "white male privilege." During a Nov. 1 training session on the treatment of transgender people, an unidentified male officer with the Plainfield Police Department questioned a statistic suggesting that transgender people are three times more likely to experience police violence than others. "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," the officer is heard saying in a video, per WRTV. Capt. Carri Weber, who is off camera, then says the officer is skeptical "because of your white male privilege."

The male officer asks, "Chief, are you going to let her get away" with the comment he describes as "extremely offensive." He went on to file a complaint on Nov. 10, alleging he was "racially and sexistly slurred" when Weber stated "her discriminatory views," per the Washington Post. Weber was put on administrative leave Nov. 16 by Plainfield's Board of Commissioners, and a vote on Thursday could decide her future with the department. Weber also got into hot water in August, serving a two-week suspension after getting behind the wheel of a police vehicle after drinking at a golf outing; she also had beer cans in the vehicle. (More Indiana stories.)

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