*It seems cops of the fraternal order may be suffering from a bit of anxiety. Claiming to be concerned about the “racial divide” our country is currently experiencing they have encouraged Walmart to cease and desist the sale of ‘Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter’ T-shirts.
But Walmart is like…not so fast.
Though the retail giant has agreed to stop selling the Bulletproof merchandise, it will continue to sell other Black Lives Matter items; along with Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise.
They ain’t stupid. The merchandise is making too much money to just stop selling.
The initial upset came on Tuesday, when Chuck Canterbury, president of the Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Douglas McMillon and encouraged him to stop selling Black Lives Matter and Bulletproof t-shirts. The merchandise is currently being sold on the company website by way of third party vendors.
The correspondence read…
“I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you that third-party sellers are using your website to sell offensive shirts and sweatshirts with the slogans “BULLETPROOF” and “Black Lives Matter.”
The letter was published in the Washington Post. “I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products.”
In what can be interpreted as something of a threat, Canterbury actually insinuated that if the wishes of the FOP were not carried out by Walmart, the relationship between the fraternity and the brand could be damaged.
Walmart stated in response…
“Like other online retailers, we have a marketplace with millions of items offered by third parties that includes Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise,” the statement read. “After hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference.”