The city of Laguna Beach is considering changing the patriotic “red, white and blue” design on their patrol car, after people complained that it may offend immigrants.
KTLA reported that a decision to affix an American flag graphic to the side of freshly painted Laguna Beach police cars is dividing residents who are alternately praising the image as patriotic or panning it as too aggressive.
After hearing the criticism and acknowledging that the image they approved didn’t quite match the final results, officials agreed to reconsider their February decision to paint the Laguna Beach Police Department’s fleet of 11 squad cars. The City Council will take up the issue again at its Tuesday meeting.
Here’s a picture of the car:
This evening, Captain Calvert handed over the keys to Officer Jeffries of our first black and white police car since the 1970’s. Officer Jeffries has over 29 years of service and has compiled over sixty Letters of Commendation. 🚓🇺🇸 #newdesign #sameworldclassservice pic.twitter.com/IzL3IuX1KM
— Laguna Beach Police (@LagunaBeachPD) March 4, 2019
Some American patriots supported the design on social media.
👍 Don’t give in and change the design just because some might ‘feel’ the look is aggressive. This IS America. BOLD & BRAVE colors of the red, white, and blue. #respect 🇺🇸
— M. Wayne Lucas (@MarkWayneLucas) April 14, 2019
Great design, Proud to be American! Hope this catches on all around the United States 🇺🇸
— Jim Stapleton (@jimstapleton46) April 14, 2019
However others were “offended.”
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Some residents of Laguna Beach, a California seaside resort in one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, have reportedly taken offense to the local police department new patriotic cruiser design.
The design specifically features the words “Laguna Beach Police” spelled out with the red, blue and white patterns of the American flag. What exactly is the critics’ beef? Its alleged aggressiveness.
“We have such an amazing community of artists here, and I thought the aesthetic didn’t really represent our community. It feels very aggressive,” local artist Carrie Woodburn said at a Laguna Beach City Council meeting last month, adding it was “shocking to see the boldness of the design.”
While it’s unclear what exactly she’d meant, Woodburn isn’t alone in feeling like this. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, local designer Chris Prelitz complained of the design’s “strong impact.”
He explained that he’d recently been dining with his wife at a local hotel when a fleet of local cruisers showed up on the scene. Their arrival created a “little panic” among the guests, Prelitz said, and for some inexplicable reason he attributes the panic to the cruisers’ design.
“When one of them’s there, it works,” he said. “But all of a sudden, I saw, wow, when there are three, maybe four of them together, folks thought it was a SWAT team, federal agents. So it had a very striking, strong impact, so much so that I think there might be some unintended consequences.”
It’s unclear whether the situation at the hotel would have transpired any differently had a bunch of non-patriotic police cruisers showed up. Logic suggests the guests would have reacted the exact same, because the arrival of many law enforcement vehicles typically suggests that a crime just occurred.