While America still reels over several police related deaths, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is on a mission to increase the peace by begging the world’s largest retailer to cease and desist the sales of ‘BlackLivesMatter’ apparel.
Letter from National President Canterbury to Walmart President and CEO regarding third party sellers of BLM gear on the company website. pic.twitter.com/BLu1Eb0iND
— FOP Legislative (@FOPLegislative) December 20, 2016
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, even refers to the apparel as ‘offensive’ and in the public letter to Amazon, stating:
Because I believe you share the FOP’s goal of increasing the bonds of trust between the men and women of law enforcement and the communities they serve, I wanted to let you know that my members are very upset that you and Amazon are complicit in the sale of this offensive merchandise.
I understand that these are third party sales, but Amazon does have the ability to prohibit the sale of products which are offensive to the public and which may damage your company’s good name amongst FOP members and other active and retired law enforcement officers.
The request comes just a week after discount giant Walmart chose to remove Black Lives Matter-associated merchandise after receiving a similar letter from the FOP.
Meanwhile, while the FOP are on a quest to remove t-shirts and apparel bearing the ‘BlackLivesMatter’ statement, statistics still prove that people of color are still more likely to incur use of force by an officer.
According to The Economist, Roland Fryer, a Harvard economist, found that black people were 17.3 percent more likely to incur use of force by police after controlling for characteristics like age and circumstances of the encounter (such as running away or trying to assault an officer). Fryer also found that black people were 21.1 percent more likely than whites to have force used against them, even in instances where police described them as being perfectly compliant with police instructions.
That being said, it doesn’t really matter if Amazon or Walmart sells the t-shirts, because the facts still remain the same.