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Shafter City Council to make decision on 'In God We Trust' decals

Council Has Received Push-back from Public
Posted: 8:34 AM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-17 11:34:55-04
SHAFTER POLICE DEPARTMENT

SHAFTER, Calif. — Tuesday the Shafter City Council is expected to make a decision on adding "In God We Trust" decals to their police cars.

This potential move comes after Delano and Bakersfield have considered adding decals. In April, Delano adopted adding those same decal stickers to their police cars.

However at the last city council meeting, Shafter officials received some push-back from the public, saying they feel it is an infringement on their First Amendment right of separation between church and state.

"It's very exclusionary. That's what i discovered. Especially if you're not a Christian and so frankly I'm tired of it," said Estevan Ramirez of Shafter. "I'm tired of being told 'don't look, or put your head down or go somewhere else' and so that's why Im here. I'm here for people who maybe don't have time in their day or maybe afraid to speak up."

The Shafter City Council meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Shafter's City Hall at 336 Pacific Avenue.