A decision to put an American flag graphic on the side of newly painted Laguna Beach, Ca., police cars is dividing residents, reports the Los Angeles Times. After hearing the criticism and acknowledging that the image they approved didn’t quite match the final results, officials agreed to reconsider their decision to paint the Laguna Beach Police Department’s fleet of 11 squad cars. “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. “People are actually ridiculous enough to bring up comments about our cop cars having American flags on them.” Artist Carrie Woodburn said it was “shocking to see the boldness of the design” when the newly painted Ford Explorers rolled out. “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.”
Attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter found the police cars “exceptional” and questioned the loyalty of anyone who objected to the American flag display. “They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office,” she said, “that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression.” On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to continue with the logo or choose an alternative. The cars will remain black and white, City Manager John Pietig said. The proposed graphic that the council unanimously approved in February was a more muted version of the design that now appears on the cars.