Laguna Beach, CA residents are outraged over new police car designs with American flag font on the sides, forcing the city to consider repainting the vehicles.
The LA Times reports that city officials will meet tomorrow to take up the issue after some residents complained the American flag graphic was too “aggressive.”
On March 19, artist Carrie Woodburn told the city council that it was “shocking to see the boldness of the design” when the newly painted Ford Explorers were revealed.
“We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community,” she said. “It feels very aggressive.”
Local designer Chris Prelitz said when he saw a bunch of police cars gathering at a scene, people thought it was a SWAT team or federal agents. “…it had a very striking, strong impact,so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences,” he said.
Thankfully, not every Laguna Beach resident has a problem with the police cars.
Councilman Peter Blake said, “People are screaming that the American flag on a police car is somehow or another … hurting people’s feelings who might be immigrants or visitors. People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.”
Local attorney, Jennifer Welsh Zeiter said at the last council meeting that she thought the cars were “exceptional.”
“They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression,” she said.
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