Columbus Police Unveil Black History Month Cruiser, “AFRICA 1”

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The Columbus Police Department has unveiled a special edition Martin Luther King Jr.-themed police cruiser in honor of Black History Month. Originally named “History 1,” the car has been renamed “AFRICA 1” after critics accused the department of being tone-deaf.

Chief Elaine Bryant said they were receptive to feedback and hope the new video strikes a better tone.

“We heard you. We messed up; now we’re trying again,” Bryant said. “I believe our new Black History Month cruiser reveal video does a better job of building a bridge to the black community. I hope they will forgive us.”

Watch the new promo video below:

Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye
Ricardo Paye is a Senior Correspondent with Delaware Ohio News. Born and raised in the Delaware County Fairgrounds, he's a reporter with a deep knowledge of the streets who isn't afraid to ask tough questions. His fondest childhood memory is getting a hand job from a public utility worker in the basement of Pilsner's 5 & Dime store. He holds a bachelor's degree in Euthanasia from Ohio Wesleyan University.


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