North Carolina police remove stuffed monkey from patrol car after complaint
Winston-Salem, N.C. – A North Carolina police chief is apologizing after officers carried a stuffed black dreadlock-wearing monkey in the back seat of their police cruiser.
Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said Wednesday that the stuffed animal was removed from the patrol car after a woman who posted a video of it on Facebook called it the most racist thing she’d ever seen.
Police said the toy was used to calm children who have been traumatized by anything from a fire to an act of violence.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports the chief said she understands why people were offended. Thompson said steps are being taken to make sure nothing like that happens again.