American flag graphic on police cars divides California town
An American flag graphic on the side of freshly painted police cars is dividing a small coastal city in Southern California.
The Los Angeles Times reports some people in Laguna Beach feel the flag design is too aggressive while others are astonished that anyone would object to the American flag. The city council will decide tomorrow whether to keep the logo or choose an alternative.
Artist Carrie Woodburn said at a March council meeting that it was "shocking to see the boldness of the design" when the newly painted Ford Explorers rolled out.
Woodburn said "We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn't really represent our community. It feels very aggressive."
But attorney Jennifer Zeiter said that she found the police cars "exceptional" and questioned the loyalty of anyone who objected to the American flag display.
She said critics are so blinded by their hatred of President Trump, "that they can’t see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression."
The city council agreed in February to repaint its all-white squad cars in black and white with the stars and stripes running through the word "police" on the doors. The police department has 11 squad cars.