California Liberals Outraged Over Police Patrol Car’s Patriotic Lettering
Claims the American flag design may 'worry' immigrants in the area
The new patriotic lettering on the side of police patrol cars in a California city has caused outrage among liberals, who claim the new design will "worry" immigrants in the area, according to reports.
The new logo on the side of Laguna Beach Police cars features an American flag design in the background of the word "POLICE."
The move has provoked a backlash from locals, however, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
Carrie Woodburn, a liberal local artist, told the Times the new star-spangled design was too “aggressive,” complaining that it doesn't represent the community.
Laguna Beach is a city about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles and is home to roughly 23,000 residents.
"Folks thought it was a SWAT team, federal agents," designer Chris Prelitz observed.
"So it had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences.”
According to Fox News, Councilman Peter Blake was surprised by the backlash.
He told the newspaper some people were concerned the design might worry the area's immigrants.
“People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them,” he said.
Attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter said she thought the police cars were “exceptional” and suggested that the opposition might have a political motive.
She said some people are so filled with hate toward President Trump “that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.”
Laguna Beach Police Cpl. Ryan Hotchkiss said he’s heard nothing but positive comments about the new design.
The department's vehicles were previously all white but are now primarily black, with the patriotic lettering on white doors.
The department did acknowledge the design didn’t come out exactly as planned.
The city council said it would take up the issue again at their monthly meeting Tuesday.