The Eastpointe Police Department posted a Facebook status telling “KeKe” to stay in her car. The department’s dispatch received a lot of calls asking who was “KeKe.” The follow-up post included a better explanation along with a photo from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation that read, “Buckle up, KeKe. Stay in your car.”

The Eastpointe Police Department posted a Facebook status telling “KeKe” to stay in her car. The department’s dispatch received a lot of calls asking who was “KeKe.” The follow-up post included a better explanation along with a photo from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation that read, “Buckle up, KeKe. Stay in your car.”

Photo provided by the Eastpointe Police Department Facebook page


Local police Facebook page explains who ‘Keke’ is

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 14, 2018

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Police Department gave a public service announcement on its Facebook page Aug. 6 after the department’s dispatch line was flooded with calls asking, “Who is KeKe?” 

The department originally posted a status that said, “KeKe, stay in your car.” Rapper Drake released his latest single, “In My Feelings,” on his fifth studio album this year. In the song, Drake sings, “Kiki, do you love me. Are you riding. Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me. ‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya. And I’m down for you always.” Shiggy, a comedian, filmed himself dancing to the song and later inspired people to do an “In My Feelings” challenge. 

People would record themselves jumping out of moving cars to dance to the song on roadways and in parking lots, which was not part of the original dancing video. The department addressed why the viral trend to attempt the challenge is dangerous. 

 “It is inherently dangerous to jump out of a moving vehicle! Please don’t! Google ‘KeKe Fails’ before even considering this activity and then realize it is a bad idea. ‘Predictable is Preventable’ Be Safe,” states the department’s Facebook page. 

Eastpointe Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Keiser stated stated Aug. 7 in an email to the Eastsider that the department made the post “because it is an important message.” 

“We wanted to get people talking about some of these Internet challenges that are foolish and dangerous. Additionally, we have recently increased our public service announcement posts. The messages we post are usually simple reminders of common sense practices that are worth repeating,” stated Keiser. 

Keiser stated that the department ultimately wants residents and Facebook followers to be safe. 

“Social media is a great way to rapidly spread a message. This post was more informal than the other ones, but based on the comments, people really seemed to connect with the message. I was surprised by the number of shares and positive comments,” he stated. 

As of Aug. 10, the Facebook post had 293 likes, 41 comments and 155 shares. 

Keiser also stated that the department made the follow-up post because the initial post was “misunderstood by some who found it offensive.”

The follow-up post included a photo from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation which read “Buckle up, KeKe. Stay in your car.”

“We thought that providing the history of this internet challenge would help people understand the message. The intent of the message was to get people to consider the possible consequences before jumping out of a moving car. Safety is our priority,” he stated.

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