Nation’s Largest Police Union Wants Amazon To Pull ‘Offensive’ ‘Bulletproof’ Black Lives Matter Shirts
The nation’s largest police union wants Amazon to follow in Walmart’s footsteps and remove Black Lives Matter merchandise from its shelves, calling it “offensive,” The New York Daily News reports.
Police Have a right to their concerns, but so do black lives matter members
In an open letter to Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos, Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) President Chuck Canterbury urged that all apparel with the slogans “BULLETPROOF,” “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” be removed from the retailer’s website.
Canterbury urged Bezos to support the police union in “increasing the bonds of trust between the men and women of law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
The FOP succeeded in persuading Walmart supermarkets to remove the garments, but as of Sunday morning, they were still available on Amazon, The Independent reports.
Canterbury said he doesn’t think that will change anytime soon.
He called Amazon a “pretty liberal marketer,” and told The Guardian that the T-shirt’s rhetoric had inspired violence against law enforcement.
Statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 64 police officers have been fatally shot while working in 2016.
In contrast, at least 940 people have been killed by police officers nationwide in the same time period, The Washington Post reports in a database that tracks police violence.
“The bulletproof thing goes to the new assertiveness of some violence prone individuals to take action directly against police. We find it offensive for that reason.”
This has persuaded Glenn Morrell, owner of Connecticut-based Old Glory Merchandise, which sells the shirts in question.
“It wasn’t a big seller at all,” he said. “The Blue Lives Matter sells more than the Black Lives Matter or bulletproof shirts combined. We don’t like to offend anybody.”
His company, he added, advertises at least 500,000 different kinds of shirts and sweatshirts on its site.
“When you sell that many, you have to sell all different kinds of shirts,” he said. “It’s hard to make everybody happy.”
While it’s understandable that members of the FOP would be concerned about officers killed in the line of duty, the statistics compiled by the Washington Post database make their numbers pale by comparison. So perhaps to make this fair, Blue Lives Matter merchandise should be removed as well.
Here’s an example of the shirts in the video below.
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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.
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