Fraternal Order of Police demands Amazon remove the Black Life merchandise

The largest police union in the US demanded that Amazon remove a shirt from a third-party vendor who supports the Black Lives movement.

The Fraternal Order of Police wants the online retailer to follow Walmart and remove a shirt that sports the words “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter” on the chest, The Guardian reported Friday. Walmart removed the shirt from the shop after the union called it “offensive.”

FOP President Chuck Canterbury wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the union in “increasing the bonds of trust between the men and women of the law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

As of Monday morning, the shirt is listed on the Amazon website, but was “currently unavailable.”

Canterbury told The Guardian that he was not surprised that Amazon would not remove it from the list and the name of the website with a “pretty liberal marketer.”


He added that the issue was still important, because the amount of violence is shown in Black Life, marches, and the fact that eight policemen were killed, while the protection of the Black Lives Matter protest” – referring to the police killings in Dallas and Baton Rouge in the summer.

Canterbury sent a letter Tuesday to the Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon, the company requests to remove the “offensive” shirts from the store.

“I request you urgently to put a ban on the use of the use of the Walmart name and the website for the sale of these products,” the letter read.

Time reported that the shirts were sold by Walmart on the site of the former Glory of the Property.

“Like other online retailers, we have a market with millions of items that are offered by third parties, the Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and All Lives From the merchandise. After hearing the concerns of the customers, we are removing the item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference to” Walmart said in a statement.

Canterbury told The Guardian that the union would continue to pressure retailers, which sell on the Black Lives Matter goods to the group makes clear that it does not approve of anti-police violence.

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