A controversial shirt reading “Don’t Attack A Police Officer” at the top and “Don’t Get Shot” below it has become very popular over the past few weeks.
Few police shootings in recent memory have divided the nation like the one that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9 of this year. That day, an 18-year-old named Michael Brown ended up in a physical confrontation with then-police officer Darren Wilson, and that confrontation ended with him being shot.
What followed the incident was months of speculation regarding whether Wilson would be indicted for his actions. He maintained that what he did was purely out of self-defense. His critics, on the other hand, suggested that he gunned down an innocent youngster in cold blood.
In November, a Missouri grand jury ultimately decided not to charge Wilson – citing a lack of evidence that the former Ferguson cop intended to kill Brown.
From the beginning, Wilson’s supporters have continuously pointed to a single principal being at the root of their feelings about what transpired with Brown: The teen is responsible for what happened because he (at some point) put his hands on an officer. They believe in this point so adamantly, in fact, that they released a shirt explaining:
For obvious reasons, Brown’s supporters maintain that this shirt is insensitive and offensive. It was actually initially made available as early as Aug. 25, but they’ve recently become more popular because of what has happened over the past few months.
A Facebook post from Aug 25th on the “I Support Law Enforcement” fan page reads:
PROCEEDS FROM EACH SHIRT SOLD GO TO OFFICER WILSON AND HIS FAMILY. I will post the donation on this page after the campaign is over. Thank you so much for your support!
A SIMPLE MESSAGE - Don't attack police officers and there won't be problems
Stand in Solidarity with Officer Wilson and all Law Enforcement around the country. Be bold and proudly support a Law Enforcement Officer's right to self-defense!
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