Monday 15 April 2019

California Police Department put American flag on their cars, and triggered a 'backlash'

In Laguna Beach, California, a "backlash" has ensued over the Police Department putting the American flag on their official vehicles.
The police tweeted the photos of their new design, which features the American flag within the lettering on the side, and that was enough to trigger a negative response from some. Enough of a response, in fact, that the City Council is going to meet to decide if they can keep it.
It's not the first meeting about the design.
"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," Councilman Peter Blake said according to the LA Times. "People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them."
At the first council meeting, a resident said the "boldness" of the design was "shocking."
She also said that she "thought the aesthetic didn't really represent our community." The aesthetic is the American flag, which apparently doesn't represent their "amazing community of artists."
"It feels very aggressive," she said.

Not everyone in the town is so upset by the red, white, and blue design. One officer told the Times that he is complimented on the freshly-painted vehicle "every time" he pulls up to a stop sign.
The new black and white design, with the colored logo, is meant to make the vehicles more visible, identifiable, and therefore safer, said the Police chief.

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