- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2019

Laguna Beach’s city council will hold a vote on the police department’s patriotic police vehicles after a subsection of residents complained.

Nearly a full fleet of squad cars was recently delivered with red, white, and blue “police” logos as a means of standing out to 6.5 million visitors each year, but the move has unsettled some citizens.

“They are so filled with hatred toward this … office of the president of the United States and the current occupant of that office, that they cannot see through their current biases to realize that a police vehicle with the American flag is the ultimate American expression,” attorney Jennifer Welsh Zeiter said, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

“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,” added Councilman Peter Blake.

Artist Carrie Woodburn is one of the vehicles’ local critics.

“We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community. It feels very aggressive,” she said.

Designer Chris Prelitz said groups of the vehicles come across to residents as “a S.W.A.T team, federal agents.”

“It had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences,” he said of witnessing the vehicles outside a hotel.

Seven of the police department’s 11 vehicles currently have the patriotic design, the newspaper reported.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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