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Amazon Gives In To Police Union Demand (In Part)

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A controversial “Black Lives Matter” shirt is no longer being offered on Amazon’s website after the nation’s largest police union implored the retail giant to pull the shirt from its website.

The shirt, which read “BULLETPROOF – Black Lives Matter,” garnered the attention of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which sent a letter to Amazon, imploring the online retail giant to remove the shirt from its website.

The shirt was no longer available on the Amazon.com website Tuesday evening, but it was advertised as part of a sponsored link. Amazon notes that if a customer clicks a sponsored link, they will be taken away from their website. “We [Amazon] are not responsible for websites you visit by clicking on these links, and you should carefully review their privacy policy and conditions of use,” the disclaimer reads.

Amazon told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the seller of the shirt removed the item from its website.

The FOP said it wasn’t opposed to the shirt because it’s pro-Black Lives Matter, but took issue with the word “bulletproof.” The union initially asked Walmart to pull the specific item of clothing from their shelves last week.

Walmart did so almost immediately, saying that, “after hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference.” (RELATED: Police Group Gets Walmart To Ding Black Lives Matter Clothing From Shelves)

The FOP, which represents 330,000 members nationwide, then sent the letter to Amazon.com, requesting that the online retailer also remove the shirt from its website. (RELATED: Amazon Continues To Sell Controversial Black Lives Matter Shirt)

“I wanted to let you know that my members are very upset that you and Amazon are complicit in the sale of this offensive merchandise,” Chuck Canterbury, the president of the FOP, 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.

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