The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the U.S., demanded that Amazon remove a shirt from a third-party vendor that supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
FOP President Chuck Canterbury would like them to follow Walmart and remove the shirt that reads, “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter” across the front, reported The Guardian.
The union referred to the shirt as “offensive,” as it promotes a message that BLM is somehow insulated from civil conduct that must be adhered to by all.
Canterbury wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to support the union in “increasing the bonds of trust between the men and women of law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
As of Monday morning, the shirt was listed on the Amazon website, but was “currently unavailable.”
Canterbury told The Guardian that Amazon is a “pretty liberal marketer,” so he isn’t surprised that they wouldn’t remove it. He believes the issue is important due to the violence demonstrated by BLM marches, and the reality that police officers have been assassinated protecting BLM protests.
Canterbury sent a letter last week to Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon, asking the company to remove the “offensive” shirts from the store.
“I urge you to prohibit the use of the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products,” the letter read.
After hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference,” Walmart said in a statement.
Canterbury told The Guardian that the union would continue to pressure retailers who sell the Black Lives Matter merchandise, thus supporting anti-police violence.