Amazon.com continues to offer a controversial shirt from the activist group Black Lives Matter while Walmart pulled the item following complaints and a letter from the nation’s largest police union. The shirt reads, “BULLETPROOF” and “Black Lives Matter.”
The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which represents over 330,000 members in more than 2,200 chapters, asked Walmart and Amazon.com to pull a specific item of clothing from their shelves last week.
So far, only one of the two retail giants have obliged. Walmart announced that it had removed the piece of clothing Wednesday, but Amazon continued to sell the product into Christmas day. (RELATED: Wal-Mart Dings Black Lives Matter Shirt)
Chuck Canterbury, president of the FOP, wrote to Amazon Wednesday just after learning that Walmart pulled the t-shirt from the activist group.
“I wanted to let you know that my members are are very upset that you and Amazon are complicit in the sale of this offensive merchandise,” Canterbury wrote to Amazon CEO Jeffrey Bezos. “I write to urge you to prohibit the use of the Amazon name and website for the retail sale of these products,” he continued in the letter.
The FOP said it wasn’t opposed to the shirt because it’s pro-Black Lives Matter, but took issue with the word “bulletproof.” Walmart wasn’t actually selling the “Bulletproof. Black Lives Matter” shirt itself, but it was available for purchase on its website via a third-party merchant.
“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,” a Walmart spokesman told CNN. “After hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation has reached out to Amazon, who has not responded by press time. As of 4 p.m. on Christmas day, the controversial shirt was still available on Amazon.com.
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