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Cop Union Asks Amazon To Drop Black Lives Matter Shirt

| by Denise Recalde

The largest police union in the United States is requesting that Amazon no longer sell a T-shirt from one of its third-party vendors that reads: "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter." 

The Fraternal Order of Police has already managed to have Walmart stores remove the garment from its online and brick-and-mortar retail stores. However, the T-shirt was still listed for sale on Amazon as of Sunday, The Independent reports. 

Union President Chuck Canterbury isn't hopeful that Amazon will drop selling the clothing item. 

Calling Amazon a "pretty liberal marketer," Canterbury stated the "offensive" T-shirt's rhetoric renders homage to violence against law enforcement officials.  

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In a letter addressed to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, Canterbury called on the retailer to "increas[e] the bonds of trust between the men and women of law enforcement and the communities they serve," The Guardian reports. 

So far in 2016, 64 police officers have died in the line of duty, according to statistics compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. 

A minimum of 940 people have been shot and killed by members of the police in the U.S. over the same period, notes a Washington Post database tracking police violence. 

The Fraternal Order of Police believes the issue is important because of the "amount of violence demonstrated at Black Lives Matter marches and the fact that eight police officers had been assassinated while protecting Black Lives Matter protests," Canterbury said.

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Canterbury refers to law enforcement officials shot and killed in separate incidents in Baton Rouge and Dallas in summer 2016. 

However, the violent acts were not associated with the Black Lives Matter movement. In Baton Rouge and Dallas, street gunmen took the lives of three and five police officers, respectively. 

Canterbury says the Black Lives Matter movement's anti-police rhetoric "had inspired people of feeble minds to strike out at police officers".  

The owner of Old Glory Merchandise, a Connecticut-based retailer which sells the shirt, isn't exactly a supporter of Black Lives Matter -- the organization that protests against unjust killings and policing of black citizens.

According to CNN, owner Glenn Morelli stopped selling the controversial garment on his website for failing to sell well. 

"It wasn’t a big seller at all," he said, adding that T-shirts supporting the pro-police movement Blue Lives Matter were more popular. 

He added: "We don’t like to offend anybody... You have to sell all different kinds of shirts. It’s hard to make everybody happy." 

Sources: The Independent, CNN, The Guardian / Photo credit: The Telegraph

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