A popular new T-shirt is a breath of fresh air.
The phrase “I can’t breathe” has been a favorite chant at protests across the country as it supposedly refers to the final words of Eric Garner as he died after an altercation with New York City police.
Now a Mishawaka, Ind., police officer and businessman has developed his own slogan for the public.
“Breathe easy – Don’t break the law.”
Officer Jason Barthel, who owns South Bend Uniform, has been printing the phrase on T-shirts and they’ve been selling like hotcakes.
According to WSBT 22, Barthel said his shirt is an opportunity to show the other side of the story:. The police side.
Barthel told WSBT there’s a message in his phrase.
“We are not here to do anything negative to the public. We’re here to protect the public,” Barthel said. “We want you to breathe easy knowing that the police are here to be with you, and for you, and protect you.”
Barthel also told the South Bend Tribune that his goal is for people to know that if they obey the law, they won’t have issues with police.
“The problem is we have a lot of people who are trying to create problems between the citizens and the people who try to protect them. When you break the law, unfortunately there’s going to be consequences, and some of them aren’t going to be pretty,” Barthel told the Tribune. “Unfortunately that’s the reality.”
Hands up if you want to buy this shirt.
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