The Ferguson Police Department’s DARE vehicle got an update from a standard van to a newly decorated Humvee.
On the side of the Humvee is the DARE mascot Daren the Lion.
Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss said Daren has been the mascot for DARE since the 80's.
Some Ferguson residents think that is an inappropriate name for a mascot in that area.
In a post on the cities website Daren the Lion was spelled wrong, with two R’s like Officer Darren Wilson.
"People thought immediately of Darren Wilson and that he is being lionized on the side of a militarized police vehicle in our community," said Ferguson resident Emily Davis.
Moss said Daren the Lion was on their previous DARE vehicle and has been introduced to kids in Ferguson for decades.
"To say that this somehow relates to Michael Brown or Darren Wilson is a stretch because this predates that incident and no one was thinking that way because we were innocently trying to appeal to children," said Moss.
Some parents are also upset with the choice of vehicle, a Humvee.
"These militarized vehicles were used during a military occupation of Ferguson during a stressful period of a lot of our children's lives," said Davis.
Moss said the vehicle was donated to the department in 2011 and they wanted to use it for something fun.
Some residents still feel like the new DARE vehicle is a slap in the face that the city and school district did not think through.
Moss said they intended the vehicle to be used as a positive way to keep kids away from drugs and nothing else.Daren the Lion replaced Yogi Bear as the mascot of D.A.R.E long, long ago, though for some reason people in the now 70 percent black city of Ferguson believe Darren Wilson is being 'lionized' with this honorific (with the Humvee a reminder of the need for a militarized response to the black riots/black insurrection befallen the city for much of 2014).
Let this be stated: Darren Wilson should be lionized and praised as the true hero of Ferguson, instead of being depicted as the villain.
Let this be stated: the militarization of the police is a direct response to the threat posed by Africans in America when they threaten to not only destabilize, but permanently overwhelm the civilization white people long ago established in a neighborhood, community, town, city, or county.
When we publicly celebrate Darren Wilson as the hero of Ferguson (and the man who helped expose anti-white racism in the black community and their primary allies in the mainstream media), we won't need militarized vehicles deployed in police departments: the threat to our communities will be gone.
When Daren the Lion is renamed, "Darren Wilson the Lion of Ferguson," we will know D.A.R.E is nothing more than a ceremonious relic of a horrifying past where we could not truly take the gloves off and declare a real war on drugs (executing illegal drug dealers and drug users as a means to end the allure of drug use).