- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

An Indiana police captain was placed on administrative leave after calling out an officer’s “white male privilege” during a training session on transgender awareness.

The Plainfield Police Department held a training session last month instructing police on how to interact with transgender people in the community. Video of the interaction obtained by ABC affiliate WRTV showed one officer questioning a statistic that transgender people are 3.32 times more likely to experience police violence.

“Most of the people that I know have never been — [never] accused the police of violence. So I guess I don’t get where that statistic comes from,” the officer said.

Capt. Carri Weber interjected, saying “Because [of] your white male privilege, so you wouldn’t know.”

The comment caused the room to erupt, with one officer declaring, “I’m done with this training.”

The officer who was targeted by Capt. Weber’s comment started to yell, calling her assertion “extremely offensive” and threatening to leave.

He later filed a formal complaint on Nov. 10, saying he was “racially and sexistly slurred by” the police captain, WRTV reported Monday. Capt. Weber was placed on administrative leave while the Board of Commissioners decides her future with the department, Plainfield deputy town manager Tony Perona told the outlet.

A vote on whether she should be reinstated is scheduled for the next commissioner’s meeting on Thursday.

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