Amazon refuses to remove police-bashing merchandise (after shutting down conservative company)

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SEATTLE, WA- Last week, Law Enforcement Today reported on Amazon, which should be broken up under the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, selling hateful, anti-police merchandise on their platform.

While the company has engaged in an electronic book-burning campaign over books it deems politically incorrect, they have defended allowing the cop-hating merchandise on the site, according to The Blaze.

Despite getting widely slammed by law enforcement organizations and those who support the police, Amazon gave a weak excuse of wanting to provide customers “with the widest possible selection of goods.”

That selection of course does not include the Confederate flag. One would think if you’re going to ban goods that “foment hate,” you would be a bit consistent about it. Not Amazon.

The Washington Free Beacon received a response from Amazon in response to their questions about the continued sale of “Blue Lives Murder” merchandise on the platform.

“We do not endorse the content of any particular book, video or product,” an Amazon spokeswoman told the outlet.

“We understand some customers may find some products objectionable, and we provide customers with a variety of ways to engage and express their views, including through product reviews.”

The products were briefly removed last year after complaints from law enforcement organizations, however they are now back on the site, including items such as a blue T-shirt for a nifty $39.99, a black T-shirt and of course your basic coronavirus-fighting face mask.

After complaints started rolling in, Amazon actually added other merchandise, including a baseball cap and an outdoor headscarf, although the Beacon said those items might be soon removed.

Amazon previously has not been shy about removing merchandise that doesn’t fit its political agenda, with products being pulled that mocked Kamala Harris and of course the alphabet movement concerning transgender ideology.

Specifically, they removed T-shirts that mocked Harris, and earlier this year, pulled a book called “When Harry Became Sally” about transgenderism, and said they would no longer “sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.” The foregoing book by the way is still available on Barnes & Noble and a number of other websites.

In an era where the political class and leftists complain about “systemic racism,” Amazon pulled a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, a conservative black during Black History Month with nary an explanation.

The documentary, which was to appear on Amazon Prime, the tech tyrant’s streaming service was pulled without explanation, with a message reading, “This video is currently unavailable to watch in your location” showing for anyone trying to view it. The DVD was also listed as “currently unavailable” on Amazon’s website.

In 2019, sucking up to CAIR, the anti-Semitic Council on American-Islamic Relations, Amazon removed a number of products which were considered “offensive” to Muslims.

In Washington, D.C., Fraternal Order of Police President Gerald Neill Jr. slammed Amazon for its biased continuing sale of what he referred to as “hate items.”

“Amazon has a role in society as an industry leader to set a high standard, and they’re not doing that,” he said. “I think Amazon is not being evenhanded.”

Last month, NYPD’s Detectives’ Endowment Association, representing NYPD detectives also eviscerated Amazon for putting cops “at peril and risk” by selling the “disgusting” items.

Meanwhile, retired Detroit Police Chief James Craig fired a shot across the bow to Amazon as well, calling the company hypocritic.

“It’s hypocrisy and it’s wrong,” Craig said on Fox News’ “America Reports.”

 

“Selling something like ‘Blue Lives Murder’ does nothing but promote the anti-police rhetoric…Police officers are being attacked aggressively at an alarming rate, and it’s this kind of rhetoric that helps fuel it.”

Under Amazon Marketplace policy, it states that doesn’t allow products from third-party sellers that “promote, incite, or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views,” while adding that the company “reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of listings on its site.”

Clearly “appropriateness” includes that merchandise which meets a certain political agenda.

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For our original report on Amazon’s gutless move, we invite you to:

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The following article contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

SEATTLE, WA- Screw you, Amazon.

We are not typically huge fans of “cancel culture” here at Law Enforcement Today, but in the case of Amazon, we’re willing to make an exception.

From the same company that refuses to sell the confederate flag and books that go against the Democrat narrative on the infinite number of genders, they’re more than happy to market merchandise that refers to cops as murderers.

According to numerous media outlets, including the Daily Wire, Amazon, which takes the term monopoly to a whole other level, is allowing a third-party to use its marketplace platform to sell “Blue Lives Murder” merchandise, which has caused a number of law enforcement interests to ask Amazon to stop selling the merchandise.

The Detective’s Endowment Association (DEA) of the NYPD wrote to Amazon’s chief financial officer, Brian Olsavsky demanding the retail giant cease selling the “disgusting” merchandise,” arguing that it puts police officers “at peril and risk.”

“It has come to my attention that your website is selling tee-shirts (sic) and other items emblazoned with the words ‘Blue Lives Murder,” the letter read. “It’s disheartening that our company would allow this disgusting motto on your sales platform.”

The letter noted that the phrase’s “only purpose is to invite further division, hatred, and violence toward the hard-working men and women of the nation’s Police Departments, who are toiling every day to keep their communities safe.” The letter demanded Amazon immediately remove the items in question.

“To continue to hawk products emblazoned with this vile phrase puts the lives of Police Officers, and all law enforcement nationwide, at peril and risk,” the letter continued.

The letter also took note of Amazon’s policy of not listing products that “promote, incite, or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views.” 

The New York Post reported that items for sale on the site includes “an $8.99 black polyester ‘Blue Lives Murder’ face mask and T-shirts and hoodies featuring the cop-hating slogan.” In addition to the “Blue Lives Murder” merchandise, items bearing the message “Blue Lives Aren’t Real” also are for sale on Amazon.

That last statement is a takeoff on statements made last year by race hustler NAACP chapter president “Bishop” Talbert Swan, who said at the time “there is no such thing” as a “blue life,” because police choose to do their jobs whereas black people do not choose the color of their skin.

In a tweet, Swan said:

“There’s no such thing as BLUE LIVES…Stop comparing your JOB with my LIFE…Your CAREER is a choice, my BLACKNESS isn’t. #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter,” he tweeted.

Swan continued his unhinged rant:

“No one deserves to be unjustly murdered, police or citizens,” he continued. “If you’re expressing outrage over the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies, but we’re [sic] defending #KyleRittenhouse murdering two protesters in #Kenosha only days ago, you need to shut up and have a seat.”

Swan’s tweet came after two sheriff’s deputies were shot while parked adjacent to a metro station in Compton, California as they sat in their patrol car. He wasn’t the only one who couldn’t care less about the murder of two law enforcement officers.

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Some left-wing think tank, The Gravel Institute was identified in a Daily Wire report as also making an anti-police statement.

“On Saturday night, soon after two Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies seated in their patrol care were shot in the head in an ambush in Compton, a leftist think tank called The Gravel Institute responded to a tweet stating, ‘Say it with me: blue lives matter,’ by replying, ‘Say it with me: they don’t.’”

Of course the gutless puke who posted the tweet later deleted it…but the Internet lives forever.

One Staten Island detective told the New York Post: 

“Amazon is perpetrating anti-police rhetoric. It is totally inaccurate. They should sell shirts that say, ‘Blue Lives Save Lives.'” 

A Brooklyn detective also blasted the online retailer: 

“They are hypocrites. They say the don’t sell items that incite hatred. I can’t think of an item that incites hatred more than these sweatshirts.” 

The merchandise has been getting slammed with bad reviews on Amazon, with mostly negative reviews on the garbage merchandise. Sixty-five percent of people gave the product a 1-star rating, with reviews referring to it as “unAmerican,” “hate speech,” “ trash,” “distasteful,” and something that “promote[s] hatred and intolerance.”

Blue Lives Matter was started in response to the anti-Police Marxist Black Lives Matter movement that came into prominence after thug Michael Brown attempted to disarm a Ferguson, Missouri officer in 2014 and was shot to death.

The complaint comes at a time when anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch, perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and neo-Marxist Democrats, who throw down with criminals while criticizing law enforcement officers.

According to the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted database, it shows that violence against police officers has increased by 41.6% over just the first four months of 2021.

“By the end of April, police departments had reported a total of 25 police officers killed in felony attacks. At the same time last year, that number was 19,” according to WCIA this past week.

That number has already surged substantially, with an additional 6 officers killed in the month of May.

“That number has already surged higher, up to 31 officers killed in felony attacks as of May 26th. That’s 55% higher than the 20 officers killed at this time last year. The FBI states show 12 of the officers were killed in unprovoked attacks,” the report said. In other words, they were ambushed.

Based on the current rate, projections show 2021 will exceed the 48 officers feloniously killed in 2019, along with 46 similarly killed in 2020.

The Post said they reached out to Amazon for comment, however none was returned. 

Sgt. Joe Imperatrice of the NYPD, who founded Blue Lives Matter NYC said last year, when Amazon was selling a 2020 version of the merchandise said, “It shows that [Amazon is] bending over backwards for this movement like so many other companies are.”

This was in reference to woke companies tripping over themselves to show their wokeness by donating to Black Lives Matter Global Network. 

There is a petition on Change.org demanding Amazon stop selling this garbage. Please prayerfully consider signing this petition. It may make a difference. Click here to sign.

Last week, we wrote about a company, “American Freedom Passport” which was selling clearly tongue in cheek “Vaccination Passports” which were a play on people being allowed to identify as members of the opposite sex, in this case allowing purchasers to “identify” as being vaccinated.

Well as we’ve all seen over the past year or two, the tech tyrants have zero sense of humor. What they have even less of is tolerance for going against the leftist narratives when it comes to anything coronavirus.

This past week, Amazon notified American Freedom passport that it had closed their Amazon Pay account. This was due to the fact it “may” have been in violation of Amazon’s “Acceptable Use Policy.”

Under that policy, Amazon wrote it prohibited “the use of our payment service for any transactions involving any good or service that violates local, state or federal laws, or that would be generally offensive to others.” [emphasis added]

Clearly, this company didn’t violate any laws by selling what was clearly a satirical item, not unlike any number of items sold on both Amazon and any number of websites. So, one must assume that by selling a “Freedom Passport,” that must have been “generally offensive to others.” In other words, some snowflake got triggered and filed a complaint with Amazon’s “snowflake” department.

So naturally, American Freedom Passport appealed, as was clearly their right to do. Unfortunately, that went nowhere, as they found out a few days later.

“We reviewed your account and the information you provided, and we decided that you may no longer use Amazon pay.

However now, Amazon changed the narrative under the “Acceptable Use Policy.” This is what they wrote:

Your website https://www.americanfreedompassport.com/products/covid-19-vaccination-passports-i-identify-as-being-vaccinated may still be in violation of our Acceptable Use Policy. This policy prohibits the use of our payment service for any transactions involving False Documents. [emphasis added]

To make matters worse, Amazon doesn’t even release the funds in the merchant’s account right away. Amazon basically holds it hostage for 90 days from the date the account was closed.

They say that “after 90 days, or upon completion of all pending investigations, the funds, minus any claims or chargebacks, will be made available for withdrawal.” In other words, Amazon, a multi-gazillion dollar company can hold on to a merchant’s money basically for as long as they feel like it.

It’s ironic that Amazon has an issue with a merchant selling parody vaccine passports for being defined as “false documents” however has no problem selling a book such as “The 1619 Project,” a clearly factually incorrect piece of garbage that has precisely no basis in truth.

If Amazon bans a satirical “vaccine passport,” it should likewise under the same auspices ban a farcical piece of trash such as “The 1619 Project.”

For more on our report on what we thought was a clever way to make sport of the ridiculousness of being able to identify as pretty much anything, we invite you to read our original report on the American Freedom Passport.

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After Biden announced his new dictate on masks, a company that sells “COVID-19 Vaccination Passports,” American Freedom Passport, saw their business boom. It is pure genius. We are told that sales jumped by 1000% after Biden made his announcement. 

WASHINGTON, DC- This folks is what you call true “leadership.” Do what I say, or I will crush you.

That’s leadership under the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden. After 14 months of dyslexic policies coming from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all of a sudden on Thursday they decided that it was no longer a requirement to wear masks…unless you haven’t been vaccinated.

That was the dictate from Biden, who apparently woke up from nappy time long enough to come down from on high and let the little people know what most normal Americans have known for months. That you do not need masks.

Of course, Biden made sure that everyone knows that he’s in charge.

In a tweet, Biden issued his command:

“After a year of hard work and so much sacrifice, the rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.”

Go pound sand, Joe. Can you imagine what the reaction would be from the far left if such a tweet (that’s right, the Twitter overlords banned him) had come from Donald Trump? The leftist wackos would be in full meltdown mode. So our answer is this: we “identify” as being vaccinated. 

Then, Kamala Harris weighed in (still say Biden shouldn’t walk down the stairs in front of her):

Funny…Kamala Harris all of a sudden worried about “community”…like when she encouraged people to bail out rioting thugs in Minneapolis who were destroying that community. 

Of course, Biden’s tweet begs the question: If people are vaccinated, who gives a flying you know what if other people are not? After all, the vaccine, we are told is supposed to protect one from the coronavirus. If someone chooses not to get vaccinated, the only one they pose a risk to is either themselves, or other people who have likewise chosen not to get the shot. You know, my body, my choice? Where have we heard that before?

Also, does anyone else find the timing of this announcement a bit…suspicious? 

The whole southeastern United States almost ran completely out of gas, inflation is going through the roof, gas prices are out of control, the Middle East is about to turn into all out war…and all of a sudden Biden decides to lift the mask mandate? How…weird…is…that! 

Of course, the Karen’s out in general population scream, “THAT’S DIFFERENT!” Well actually, no it isn’t. “My body, my choice,” in both instances affects the person making the decision and another person. So be it an unborn child, or another adult, there is literally no difference.

And they called Donald Trump a dictator. Biden has taken dictatorship to a whole other level, running the country by executive fiat instead of using a bicameral legislature like our country is supposed to be run. Some replies to Sleepy Joe’s tweet were on point:

The CDC also released a discombobulated graphic:

So, this got us to thinking. We live in 2021, where anything goes.

Anyone can identify as anything they want…those are the new rules, right? Men identify as women, women identify as men, white people identify as black people, Jimmy Kimmel and Steven Colbert identify as comedians, the women of The View identify as…women…pretty much anything goes, good time rock and roll.

So, what if we choose to identify as someone who’s been vaccinated? Who’s going to know whether I’ve been vaccinated or not? HIPAA tells us that we do not have to disclose personal medical information to anyone except those whom we choose to.

After Biden announced his new dictate on masks, a company that sells “COVID-19 Vaccination Passports,” American Freedom Passport, saw their business boom. It is pure genius. We are told that sales jumped by 1000% after Biden made his announcement. 

As the website says, “Identify as being vaccinated today and let’s save America!”

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So all of this of course begs the question…how is anyone supposed to know who is vaccinated and who is not? In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont said it’s going to be done on the “honor system.” 

“I promise Uncle Ned. I’m vaccinated!”

The “Identify as Vaccinated” idea is phenomenal. 

We would identify the genius that came up with this idea, which frankly is right up there with the internal combustion engine and the mute button when Nancy Pelosi speaks, but he’s been receiving death threats from unhinged leftists who like the idea of government ruling with an iron fist.

Probably people that have posters of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on their walls and wear Che Guevera t-shirts because he “looks so cool.” So we’ll call him “Andy Vaxxer (see what we did there?).

Andy told Law Enforcement Today that he came up with the idea after seeing where 6’6″ men are identifying as 5’4″ females so they can play women’s sports. It was a natural extension to take that absurdity and transfer it to vaccinations. 

Andy made sure to tell us that he is selling these not as a means to misrepresent actually being vaccinated. As he told us, “Let’s not be confused with those people.” 

You know “those people,” right? The ones that virtue signal on Fakebook or Twitter, with a frame on their profile picture that says, “I’m vaccinated! Tell me what a patriotic American I am like Joe says!” 

Andy also referred to the vaccination Mafia as “people who wear masks alone in their Prius and wear condoms alone in bed at night.” 

These “identify as vaccinated” passports are pure genius. It’s a great way to tweak woke leftists, who scream “my body, my choice” when it comes to murdering children in the womb, but say it’s un-American not to get vaccinated, or wear three face diapers. 

This is also a great way to fight back at the absurdity of some businesses, who despite the CDC guidance still say they’re going to require masks for people who aren’t vaccinated. Want proof? “Here’s my “identify as vaccinated passport.” Hey, if you can identify as the opposite sex, or as a Doberman Pinscher, why can’t you identify as being vaccinated? 

“Hey, we figured if Joe Biden can identify as president, Nancy Pelosi can identify as sane, and Brian Stelter can identify as a journalist, why can’t people identify as being vaccinated?” Andy said. 

Andy told us that people have been especially excited about the “Vaccination ‘Passport’ Book,” which includes patriotic images, a picture of Mount Rushmore with President Trump included (sure to trigger left-wing loons everywhere), and a caption reading, “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.” 

The book also has the Preamble to the United States Constitution, and a letter from a Dr. Seuss-inspired “doctor” named “Uncle Sam I Yam,” reading as follows:

“You do not even have to ask

“I do not want to wear a mask….

“I do not want to live in fear

“Last I checked there’s freedom here…

“‘My body, my choice,’ the liberals told us

“Except if we’re scared they also then told us…

“And so as the ‘doctor’ I’m simply here to say

“This passport carrier identifies as vaccinated today….

“-Dr. Zeus (Earned ‘medical’ and ‘law’ degrees on Facebook like millions of other know-it-alls.)”

The purpose of  course aside from mocking absurdity by being absurd was to trigger the leftists. Andy said he was called “an anarchist, enemy of the state and a domestic terrorist.” That was likely written by an Antifa latte-swilling soy boy from his mom’s computer in the basement as he manufactured Molotov cocktails to throw at the Portland federal courthouse. 

Then of course there was the anti-cop post, probably written by a butch-looking fat chick with purple hair, “You must be a cop. Obviously you believe in killing innocent people.” The hate is strong with these lunatics. 

One even suggested a hanging on “public television for trying to infect America.” Yeah, the only problem with that is there would only be about 100 people watching it at any given time. 

Andy’s final shot to trigger the wokesters? When asked what he was going to do with the proceeds from selling the vaccine “passports,” he mentioned two topics that trigger the moonbats–guns and Jesus. 

“Use it to buy guns and shake hands with people and travel the country talking about Jesus.” 

And leftists heads exploded across the USA. 

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