Laguna Beach councilman Steve Dicterow appeared Monday on “Fox & Friends,” to address the backlash his city is facing over their new patriotic themed police vehicles.
“This really came from the police department itself,” he said. “They came to us a few months ago because our vehicles were actually white at that time without the black as well. And so they asked us to switch to black and white vehicles which is what every other jurisdiction in Orange county, which is where we’re located has — and they also decided to use the graphic of the flag for where it spells out police.”
“When that came to us the graphic was not as bright as it is on the vehicles themselves,” he continued. “So in an effort to be very cautious, we’re bringing it back in front of the council again tomorrow night, because we want to make sure that what we approve is what’s in fact on the side of the cars.”
“Unfortunately this has devolved into a debate about what the flag means, what does the symbolism of the flag — And there are people in Laguna beach as well as elsewhere who are saying that the flag is hostile,” he said. “It’s intimidating. It’s threatening. And that it’s a symbol of racism. I defend their right to say these things. I also have the right to disagree with that. I believe that the flag is a symbol of equality and of freedom. And it’s that very freedom that our police are protecting.”
The Laguna Beach Police Department added American flag lettering to the sides of 11 patrol cars, according to Fox News.
“It’s very hard for me to understand,” Dicterow said. “For me the flag is unifying. And when you think back over the history of this country and you think about the Civil War, for example, — if you were anti-racist, are you going to run to the Confederate flag or the American flag on the field? And if it’s World War II, are you going to run to the Nazi flag or to the American flag? The American flag should be unifying and it’s values are unifying. Once again it’s freedom and equality.”
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