An Indiana police officer was placed on administrative leave after she made a comment about white male privilege in a training session about transgender awareness, WISH-TV reported.
Plainfield, Ind. Police Capt. Carri Weber was investigated for her comments made during a Nov. 1 training session sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to The Indy Channel.
The conversation under investigation can be seen in a video recording obtained by WISH TV, where the presenter said that transgender people are more than three times more likely to experience police violence, compared to non-transgendered people, a statistic from a 2013 study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
“My life has never been part of police violence,” the male officer who launched the complaint against Weber said in the meeting. He went on to say that he “doesn’t get where that statistic comes from” and most of the people he knows have not been accused of police violence.
“Because of your white male privilege, so you wouldn't know,” Weber said.
She repeats it again after the male officer asked, “I’m sorry?”
The male officer then could be heard saying, “I’m done with this training.”
White male privilege is a social term described as “being seen as the norm in the United States,” while remaining oblivious to issues that involve gender, socioeconomic background, and race, according to an opinion piece in the Washington Post. Professor Peggy McInTosh described the term in a 1988 paper as an “invisible package of unearned assets that (white people) can count on cashing in each day.”
“Yet for every instance in which white privilege is acknowledged, there is an inevitable backlash,” Christine Emba wrote in the Washington Post op-ed.
The male officer launched a complaint against Weber on Nov. 10, KGun9 reported.
“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.”
According to KGun9, Weber was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 16 and the department will vote “on her future” on Dec. 7. Weber was previously in trouble with the department for violating an alcohol policy.