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Council approves new WPD police car design

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Council member Laura Padgett said she thought the design was "threatening," and said the council should have the opportunity to vote on the design. Council member Laura Padgett said she thought the design was "threatening," and said the council should have the opportunity to vote on the design.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington City Council members approved the purchase of new police cars although some Council members weren't sold on the police department's new squad car design - a "more traditional" black and white format.

Earlier this year, the council had the chance to take a look at the car design. Council voted Tuesday to purchase several squad cars featuring the design. 

Some members spoke up during the council's agenda briefing Monday to say they didn't like the design.

Council member Laura Padgett said she thought the design was "threatening," and said the council should have the opportunity to vote on the design. Padgett explained council members had the opportunity to vote on similar topics in the past.

Council member Margaret Haynes also expressed that she wasn't impressed with the black and white scheme.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous seemed surprised to hear the negative sentiments towards the design. City Manager Sterling Cheatham said he was given no feedback from council on the design when the car was originally presented to the group.

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