Miami Gets Heckled For Unveiling of Black History Month-Themed Police Cruiser
The city of Miami was mocked on social media on Thursday after Mayor Francis Suarez unveiled a Black History Month-themed police cruiser.
The joke was on Miami on Thursday (February 2) after a new police cruiser decorated with Africa-themed imagery was unveiled. To celebrate Black History Month, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez attended the unveiling ceremony at the city’s Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum, where Miami police chief Manuel Morales was also present.
“This is a beautiful collaboration to commemorate Black history and Black History Month and the history of African Americans and our police department and our city,” Suarez said. “This is Black history.”
Spray-painted on the vehicle are the Black History Month flag colors of red, yellow black and green. On the cruiser’s rear windshield is a quote from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reading, “Be the peace you wish to see in the world.”
Today we honor and celebrate Miami Police Black History with unveiling of our new Black History vehicle. Among all of the officers who were in attendance to commemorate the unveiling were some of our very first black police officers. #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/Vi6blGVYha
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 2, 2023
#BREAKING: In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth Miami Mayor Ponzi Postalita Francis Suarez just unveiled a Black History police cruiser with images of Africa all over it. #BecauseMiami pic.twitter.com/Mo5QYHeUVU
— Because Miami (@BecauseMiami) February 2, 2023
During the ceremony, Suarez also referenced police brutality against Black Americans, namely Tyre Nichols, who was deadly beaten at the hands of five Memphis police officers in early January.
Obviously we’ve seen some things across the country that are shocking, that we hope and know will never be repeated in our jurisdiction,” Suarez said at a Thursday press conference, according to Miami New-Times.
“But I think part of the reason why it won’t is because we embrace our history,” Suarez continued. “We know where we came from. We understand what the struggles were.”
Check out more reactions to the police cruiser below.
“There’s been a lot of police brutality going on. What do you guys plan on doing about it?”
Miami Police Department: pic.twitter.com/pr5hqRpHHB
— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) February 2, 2023
Miami's first Black police chief was at the unveiling of the Pan-African- Kente-Africa wrapped police car. When he was in the academy his all white class took their class photo with him and then another without him after he left—the one without him was the one displayed.
— Nadege Green (@NadegeGreen) February 3, 2023
Now Miami police can remind people it's black history month while harassing, robing, imprisoning, and beating them! pic.twitter.com/xzwjkJEaH2
— 🥀_Imposter_🕸️ (@Imposter_Edits) February 2, 2023
Thank you Miami for this amazing contribution to #BHM … 😒 A black history month police car is just what we wanted. Racism has been resolved. pic.twitter.com/M0dn43kXUB
— D’Wayne, Wayne (@waynes_ambition) February 3, 2023
In honor of Black History Month Miami Mayor Ponzi Postalita Francis Suarez just unveiled a Black History police cruiser with images of Africa all over it.
I guess it makes sense considering the demographic of most of their passengers. pic.twitter.com/DIqlRPNBxD
— iamyesyouareno (@iamyesyouareno) February 3, 2023
I could be wrong, but I think the Miami police department missed the mark for #BlackHistoryMonth this year. 😳
Let’s not forget about slave patrols. 😏 pic.twitter.com/zUd4MGlJt7
— Ryan Pinesworth™️ (@RyanPinesworth) February 3, 2023