PD Launches Investigation After 'Racist' Stuffed Animal Seen In Police Vehicle

The Winston-Salem Police Department launched an internal investigation after a video of the stuffed toy went viral.

Winston-Salem, NC – A stuffed, dreadlock-wearing monkey seen in the back of a Winston-Salem police patrol vehicle prompted an internal investigation, after citizens complained that the children’s toy was racist.

A woman who spotted the plush toy uploaded a video of the scene to Facebook, calling the monkey “the most racist thing [she had] ever seen.”

“Okay, so ya’ll – this is the police,” the woman said in the video. “Do ya’ll see this? In the back of they car, yo?...They whole live got a monkey, right there ya’ll…that’s crazy.”

The woman who posted the video said that the act made her “question [the officer’s] intent toward the black men” in her community, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) Chief Catrina Thompson launched an internal investigation into the incident after she was made aware of the citizens’ complaints, according to WFMY.

On Oct. 21, Chief Thompson issued a news release, explaining why the monkey and a stuffed bear had been placed in the front bracket of the patrol vehicle’s protective shield.

"The Winston-Salem Police Department has equipped all of our Patrol Cars with stuffed animals for over 20 years,” the chief noted in the release. “The stuffed animals are regularly donated to the WSPD by various organizations and individuals for the primary purpose of calming children that have been traumatized by violent acts, vehicle crashes, fires, or any other type of trauma that may have occurred to a child."

Chief Thompson apologized to anyone who “found this circumstance to be offensive,” and said the department will make it a point to “confirm our stuffed animals are not offensive” in the future.

She noted that the WSPD investigation determined that there was “no ill intent” with regards to having the plush monkey inside the patrol car, and that it has since been removed, WXII reported.

"I certainly understand why community members would be offended, and we work every day to continue building trust in the WSPD, as well as keeping you safe by attempting to reduce crime and the fear of crime,” the chief added, according to WFMY.

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flybynight
flybynight

I'm offended that you're offended 🙄

LEO0301
LEO0301

OMG! Seriously, the chief opened an IA on a complaint from a "woman" who said the following "“Okay, so ya’ll – this is the police,” the woman said in the video. “Do ya’ll see this? In the back of they car, yo?...They whole live got a monkey, right there ya’ll…that’s crazy.” Stop the insanity and the hiring of police chiefs who lack a spine.

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Leftist morons are useless. Total waste of air.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

A photo from the Winston-Salem Police Department shows some of the stuffed animals carried in patrol cars that officers could use to help calm children in traumatic events. After objections, the monkey has been removed.

flybynight
flybynight

Yes, another affirmative action police chief. 🙄

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

Beyatch, please!

BeaH
BeaH

hand that woman her pacifier and change a diaper please!

eman2000
eman2000

Maybe the Chief should have told the person complaining to grow up. If the Police Department has been carrying stuffed animals in their patrol cars for 20 plus yrs for good reasons it should get anyone upset.

Frank R
Frank R

" said the department will make it a point to “confirm our stuffed animals are not offensive” in the future. "

How exactly? By taking every stuffed animal to every citizen in town and ask if they find it offensive? How stupid.

Glasshalffull
Glasshalffull

Why are they looking in the police car?

Saints
Saints

Some of our police chiefs are complete pussies!!... plus those stuffed animals are not purchased, they are donated am sure... stop catering to idiots grow some balls...

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

When will this idiotic madness stop. People must just sit around and think of things to be offended at. I'm short and can't reach the top shelves at stores. Shall I start a new group, "short people's lives matter" and demand all shelves be no higher than 5', that they provide a shoppers assistant for us shorties so we can get the products we came for? shall we knit hats, wave banners and demand equal rights? Shall I demand that the song in the 70's, "Short People" be forever band and copies destroyed? (I actually think its funny). Get a life people, not everything is intended to insult you, your race, your sex or your feelings.......Life doesn't get any better unless you make it better. There are no stickers for attendance at "life". Just a thumbs up or down into heaven and Jesus makes that decision based on what you've done here...

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Good grief. I live here (just outside the city limits), and have seen nothing but the utmost in professionalism from both city and county officers/deputies, who are a diverse lot. I disagree with some policies (new sheriff won't honor ICE detainers, and has other illegal-friendly stances), but for the love of everything holy, learn how to speak English.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Here is Divine Deva's racist explantation...

"They will never understand because they have never been offended in so many different ways as blacks have; not only with words but animals as well. The ignorance of those are shown by their words for anyone to say that there is nothing wrong with a monkey with a Rastafarian hat and locs in the back of a caucasian males police car has a underlined truth that they are not willing to except. They are excepting that there are still racist acts that are being shown day in and out time and time aging against our black community they are saying it’s ok if you do it cause we feel the same way (they just hope we don’t catch on to it) They tell you “If you see something say something” So I did"

MSK
MSK

Wow! Just f’ing wow! Is this what we have become? Now we have to open an investigation and monitor stuffed animals to make sure they aren’t indicative of racism. What has happened to our country? It seems like we have regressed 50 years.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

It's a child's toy! Get over it! The children would only think it's racist if they're told it is!

K-9 319
K-9 319

Yo, I'm offended that you can't even speak English. Why don't you find something else to complain about yo.

Pipkinrah
Pipkinrah

People need to just grow the fu*k up. IT'S A TOY, A CHILDS PLAYTHING. The only thing racist about this toy is the woman who thought it was racist.

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

Nit-Picking Fool, Fools..... sadly, there's more of the Likes-of-her out there.!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

The lady has an inferiority complex.

Look for racism everywhere and you find it everywhere.

When you are holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

I’m offended by the names “Nancy Pelosi” and “Adam Schiff”. Can I demand that these names are never uttered from anyone’s mouths again?

Mama2TwoWA
Mama2TwoWA

A stuffed toy with a hat in rasta colors? How is that racist, I have seen tons of various stuffed toys with these style hats over the past 3 years...its a stuffed toy. Damn get over this offended bullshit, its getting ridiculous buck up and put on your big girl panties and get over it! Move on! This is stupid now!

Rambo 1
Rambo 1

I am pretty sure "Stuffed Animals" can't be racist. They aren't living, so they can't possibly be racist. Now the person who has their panties in a bunch is way to sensitive and needs to be smacked up alongside the head.

JG093
JG093

Friggen turds will always find something to cry about. Total BS!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm going to put dreadlocks on my Black Labrador and go trick or treating

AZlazy
AZlazy

Read this quote, and then read the title: “Okay, so ya’ll – this is the police,” the woman said in the video. “Do ya’ll see this? In the back of they car, yo?...They whole live got a monkey, right there ya’ll…that’s crazy.”

Now which is more offensive and racist?

CDD
CDD

When did we become such a sensitive world? When did we become such a world that a child’s toy becomes offensive to a grownup? When are grown ups going to start setting examples for children, and act like role models instead of spoiled, entitled children? No wonder this country needs “safe spaces” so this kids can curl up and cry because they don’t like what going on in the world or because they didn’t revive the grade the thought would. GROW UP PEOPLE!! There are real world problems!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Since when is a Rasta type plush toy offensive? Don't the children get a choice in the toy they find the most calming for them? Dread locks are a common hairstyle among people of colour and that little toy could be just the thing a small child who's just been through a trauma might find the most pacifying because it could have a fond memory of someone they love and trust. There's nothing racist there. Man, people get butthurt way too easy these days.

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

People need to Grow Up and stop it with this stupid nonsense. There’s nothing racist about the stuffed animal. What I find offensive is the pants sagging morons walking around calling each other “Nigga” but then wanting to call other people “racist” if they use that ignorant word.

cops-kid
cops-kid

She's just pissed off the door was locked, she would have owned it... good job officer !

Clay W
Clay W

Sounds like the only person who equated the stuffed animal to a monkey, was the chick herself. Some people....I'm not going to say who....need to quit telling their children than everyone thinks they look like monkeys. How paranoid is that? 🙄 Gain some damn self respect and quit thinking that the world is looking down on you. My parents always tought us to be proud of who you are....not to always think that everyone around you hates you. It's just not true! The problems with racism starts at home.

J-me
J-me

I have to wonder about a police chief that would waste what little resources they have to look into a case like this. The only thing racist about this toy is in the mind of the person complaining, and unfortunately we live in a world where everyone thinks they're a victim of something. As to the person complaining, please give us a valid reason as to why this toy offends you ? Did the monkey oppress you ? Its time our police departments get back to dealing with crime, including the crime of these so called sanctuary cities. As to the complainants further comment that if you see something, say something ? Id hardly describe hurt feelings as a reason for calling the police. Its time we got back to calling the cops for dangerous situations, and you can call your shrink if you really have a problem with stuffed monkeys.

RPG156
RPG156

At some point, chief's have to say... Nope, ain't doing that. Move along, nothing to see here.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

And she calls THAT Racism!!!She needs to look in the mirror!

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

Oh my goodness, really?

CopperheadCSA
CopperheadCSA

#ButtHurtAmerica

Farticus
Farticus

The Hulk just called. He is offended that he is portrayed as being a teddy bear...

CDD
CDD

When have we started to disrespect authority figures (yes I know some have always) but when has society started to encourage this behavior? That’s what gets me! No one honors a badge? No one honors their elders! No one honors the military for what they do! Whether you like Trump or not, he is the leader of OUR country, the greatest country in the world. I feel when we lose respect, we start to lose ourselves and everyone suffers. 💔

gfc1963
gfc1963

Amazing! This stupid woman must get up on a morning and say to herself "What can I be offended by today that no one else on this planet of SEVEN BILLION people willbe?" The chief should have told her to fuck off. But that would be against her human rights wouldn't it?

Michael57
Michael57

And the day after the toy was discarded the officer needed to calm a traumatized 4 year old that wore dreads.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

"Whole live got a monkey"? Can someone translate this for me please, I don't speak ghetto.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

The real story is that the pussy police chief apologized for it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

There's always someone stupid enough to complain about the stupidest things.

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Liberal; a mental illness, a distortion of reality, a conflict between emotion and reason and a constant search for something to be a victim of

copsupporter$$
copsupporter$$

Ain't this a wonderful country. People have to work this hard to find something to complain about...

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

“In the back of they car, yo?.. That sentence says it all. Stfu you illiterate moron!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

I am white, & I think it is adorable. I can't believe people would cause a problem, with this.☹

djvd
djvd

Well, this idiot got her 2 seconds of fame. Have you noticed that "free speech" only seems to apply to ACTUAL RACISTS !!

pixiepup
pixiepup

They removed the monkey because this lady didn’t like monkeys? This makes no sense! What if someone doesn’t like bears? Now u don’t have any stuffed animals left. This is crazy!