An Indiana female police captain was suspended after a complaint alleged she “racially and sexually slurred” a male police officer by saying that he had “white male privilege,” according to The Washington Post.
She was allowed to return to duty after a police commissioners meeting on Thursday evening, RTV-6 said.
Capt. Carri Weber was at a Plainfield Police Department training seminar on Nov. 1 that dealt with how police should interact with trans members of their communities.
One police officer, who said he had spent 28 years with the department, was skeptical of a statistic from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs that claimed that trans people are 3.32 times more likely to receive violence from law enforcement than cis people.
“My wife has never been part of police violence,” he said, in a video of the incident that was released on YouTube. “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,” replied Weber.
“I’m sorry?” he responded.
“Your white male privilege,” she repeated.
“Chief, you gonna let [unintelligible] get away with that? Seriously? I’m asking a legitimate question here, and I’m getting [unintelligible] white privilege?” he said, eventually yelling “I find that extremely offensive.”
The officer, who was not named, filed a complaint against Weber on Nov. 10.
“I was racially and sexistly slurred by Captain Carri Weber while I was asking a question of the instructor in training,” the officer wrote in the complaint. “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.”
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Weber was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 16.
Previously, Weber had been suspended for having alcohol in her squad car and driving the car after drinking alcohol less than eight hours prior, according to WISH.
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