Indiana cop who called out white privilege keeps job

PLAINFIELD — Plainfield Police Capt. Carri Weber was allowed to keep her job after telling a co-worker that he had white privilege.

Local television stations said the Plainfield Board of Commissioners voted to keep Weber on the job and put a reprimand in her file over the incident.

Indianapolis TV station RTV6 reported that the town released this statement after the meeting.

“The decision was made by Plainfield’s Board of Police Commissioners to issue a letter of reprimand but reinstate Captain Weber to her current position. The Town respects the Commissioners’ authority to make this personnel decision. The Town of Plainfield has been and continues to be proud of our participation in sensitivity and cultural training. Plainfield is an inclusive community and while we regret this situation occurred, we welcome the resolution of this matter.”

The issue came up during a transgender awareness training session when Plainfield Capt. Scott Ardnt questioned the validity of statistics that stated transgender people are 3.32 times more likely to experience police violence, compared to non-transgendered people. Weber told Ardnt wouldn’t see the discrimination because he had white male privilege. Ardnt and others took offense at the statement. He later filed a complaint stated he was “racially and sexistly slurred by Captain Carri Weber while I was asking a question of the instructor in training.” He was also suspended for two days without pay for conduct unbecoming an officer.

Fox59, another television station in the Indy area, reported she was on administrative leave with pay while the commission decided.