I would urge the City Council to revisit the matter of how our police vehicles are branded and, therefore, how our Police Department portrays itself to residents and visitors. There are many ways to embrace patriotic sentiment and national pride other than painting our police vehicles red, white, and blue. Authentic pride can mitigate the negative effects of hubristic pride if we are conscious of the power and privilege granted by our status. In my opinion, the optics are not good, and they have the potential to send the wrong message.
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