Californians in Laguna Beach have taken exception to the American flag being put on the side of local police cars, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
The lettering, featuring the flag, was affixed to Laguna Beach Police Department’s fleet of 11 squad cars, according to the Times, but police officials have agreed to reconsider their earlier decision after an outcry from the public.
“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,” said Councilman Peter Blake according to the Times. “People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.”
Artist Carrie said at a council meeting that it was “shocking to see the boldness of the design” on the police vehicles.
“We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community,” Woodburn said. “It feels very aggressive.”
In a follow-up email, Woodburn clarified that her issue wasn’t only with the design, but with the fact that local artists weren’t asked to contribute to it.
“My purpose for standing before the council was the fact that a design was put before council and council approved the design,” she wrote.
“Then the police cars showed up with a different design that was not approved. My ‘shock’ was in seeing a design that was not the approved design. Not shock at the American flag. As the original design included the American flag.”
Attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter, however, stood up for the design at a recent council meeting and said she found the design to be “exceptional” and questioned why anyone would have an issue with the American flag.
“They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office,” Zeiter said, according to the Times, “that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.”