Alaska cops let woman show ‘White Privilege’ card instead of driver’s license

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Anchorage police officers violated department policy during a traffic stop last month when a woman in town for a rally for former President Donald Trump showed them a “ “white privilege card” instead of a driver’s license and was not issued a ticket, an Alaskan newspaper reported.

However, it is unclear what policy was violated or what disciplinary action the two officers suffered, if any, as the department treats it as a confidential personal matter, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Mimi Israelah said in a Facebook post that she was arrested for weaving at 3:43 a.m. on July 9 while on her way to a pizzeria in Anchorage after arriving on an early morning flight from California for the Trump rally.

She couldn’t find her driver’s license, she wrote on Facebook in a now-deleted post.

“When I saw my White Privilege card I gave it to him if it was ok,” she wrote. “He laughed and called his partner. This is the first time they’ve seen a White Privileged (sic) card,” she said.

The top of the novelty card reads: “White Privilege Card Trumps Everything”.

Israelah in her Twitter bio describes herself as Pinay, or female of Filipino descent.

A video apparently taken by Israelah of the encounter was reposted on Twitter. Two officers are seen standing outside his car window. She asks one of them, “Do you like my White Privilege card?” An officer says, “That’s hilarious.”

The Anchorage police officers identified in the incident were Nicholas Bowe and Charles Worland.

Deputy Chief Sean Case said some people who saw the post had negative reactions and thought it was inappropriate. “We recognize that,” he said.

Israelah was not cited in the judgment. She did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Anchorage city code requires all drivers to carry their license at all times while operating a vehicle. Police spokesman Sunny Guerin said police can perform a computer check to determine if a person has a valid driver’s license.

Police Sergeant Jeremy Conkling, president of the police union, said officers have discretion and generally do not write citations for minor infractions, such as not having a physical permit.

“Especially in this circumstance, where you had a very, very low level minor offense and the officers are really focused on finding DUIs – I’m not at all surprised they didn’t write a citation. I don’t know if many officers would have written that quote, if any,” Conkling said.

However, Celeste Hodge Growden, chair of the Alaska Black Caucus, said she wondered if the lack of a quote had to do with the novelty card.

“Is it because the white privilege card was effective?” she asked.

Worland and Bowe were placed on administrative review during the 11-day investigation, Case said. Police did not provide additional information about the internal investigation, including which policies were violated and what repercussions, if any, officers faced.

“The investigation into the incident has been completed and is part of the confidential personal files which will not be made public,” Guerin said.

Another police spokesperson said the two officers remained employed by the department.

Hodge Growden said she wants the police department to accept responsibility for what happened and be transparent about any disciplinary action the officers have faced. It could have been a teachable moment, she said.



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