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Rochester mayor addresses change to new police cruisers

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RPD car
RPD new police cruiser before decal was removed
Rochester Mayor Kim Norton

UPDATE: The Rochester Police Department said the black and white flag decals have been removed from the police cruisers. RPD provided a photo of what the car looked like before the decal was removed.

"The black and white decals are being replaced with red, white and blue flag decals, which are in accordance with the United States Flag Code," RPD said.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Mayor Kim Norton is addressing a rumor about Rochester's police cars.

Some were concerned that the American flag was being removed from new police cruisers. Mayor Norton said the new cars were wrapped with a black and white flag and reverse flag emblem, but that wasn't the message Norton and city leaders wanted for Rochester. She said the emblem will be replaced with smaller, full color flag.

"We don't want to politicize our police cars," Mayor Norton said. "We're going to put on instead a red, white and blue American flag in the back of the cars as has been traditionally done."

"We have been working really hard with the community, really trying to be community facing, really embracing community policing," Mayor Norton continued. "And I think, in looking at this and doing some research, we felt that this was not taking us in the direction with the messaging we want for the community. Let's use the real American flag, have it be on the car in a smaller presence, because we're not military, of course, we're the Rochester Police Department, and they're city vehicles. So, the flag will be there."

Norton said she does not know how the traditional emblem got changed on the new cars.


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