A female captain in Plainfield, Indiana’s police department was recently suspended after commenting on “white male privilege,” according to RTV 6 ABC.
RTV 6 ABC on Monday reported that Carri Weber was placed on administrative leave after discussing the topic during a transgender awareness session for police last month.
A vote on Weber’s future with the Plainfield Police Department is scheduled for this Thursday at the town’s next Board of Commissioners meeting.
Weber’s comment came on Nov. 1 at the Police Supervisors Transgender Awareness Training session.
A Department of Justice (DOJ) representative and a U.S. attorney were instructing police on issues related to transgender people and how best to interact with that community.
A statistic was eventually presented that said transgender people are 3.32 times more likely to experience police violence compared to non-transgender people.
A video subsequently provided by the town of Plainfield captured the exchange between Weber and a 28-year veteran of the town’s police department.
“My life has never been part of police violence,” he said. “Most of the people that I know have never been … accused the police of violence, so I guess I don’t understand where that statistic comes from.”
“[It’s] because of your white male privilege, so you wouldn’t know,” Weber interrupted, seemingly angering others present in the room.
“Chief, are you going to let her get away with that? Seriously?” one of the officers who was present asked.
“I’m asking a legitimate question and I’m getting [unintelligible] white privilege? Are you serious? I find that extremely offensive … I will leave.”
RTV 6 ABC reported that it remains clear if the officer left at that time, and he was not named in documents provided by the town of Plainfield after a public records request.
The officer then filed a complaint against Weber on Nov. 10, alleging he was “racially and sexually slurred by Captain Carri Weber” during the meeting.
“I am now firmly aware of the discriminatory belief she just verbally communicated,” they added.
“There is no place in the Plainfield Police administration or supervision for someone who holds or espouses her discriminatory views.”
Tony Perona, the deputy town manager of Plainfield, on Monday said the Board of Commissioners voted on Nov. 16 to place her on administrative leave.