LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11) - Pride and patriotism were on full display in Laguna Beach Tuesday night where a crowd packed City Hall to throw their support behind the new USA-themed decals on Laguna Peach Police Department patrol vehicles.
There was even a moment during the meeting where most people broke out in song, belting out the Star Spangled Banner.
BREAKING: What a moment here in #LagunaBeach, where a woman speaking in support of new USA police decals starts singing the Star Spangled Banner (very well!) and then everyone in the room joined in! @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/hCNy1OxaUA— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 17, 2019
"My first impression I thought, when I saw the police car, was a resounding 'Hell yeah!' I love it," said a U.S. Marine to a full-capacity room.
But apparently, not everyone loved it. The decals prompted criticism from a small minority of the public who said the stars and striped are offensive, and aggressive, particularly to immigrants. But a self-identified legal immigrant at the meeting said:
"The American flag represents freedom, liberty, and equality...to the residents who have been offended by the American flag, I have a message for you -- leave this county as soon as possible."
The controversy over the decals became national news and sparking debate across the country as to what could possibly be offensive about them, and putting a spotlight on the coastal city of Laguna Beach.
BREAKING: Laguna Beach city council just asked people in room to raise hand if they support the new USA flag decals on police cars. Almost everyone in room raised hand. When asked who opposes, one, single person raised their hand, to chuckles from the crowd. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/E2PyQWAh76— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 17, 2019
The City Council asked those who support the decals to raise their hands and almost every single person in the room did, except for one person who raised their hand when asked who opposed the decals. This moment of the meeting put the night into a nutshell.