Walmart has decided to stop selling a controversial Black Lives Matter t-shirt after it sparked protests from police.
The shirt in questions had “Bulletproof” on the front and “Black Lives Matter” written underneath it.
Although the merchandise is sold by a third party retailer, Chuck Canterbury, president of the national Fraternal Order of Police, wrote to Walmart and ask for the shirt to be removed from the retail giant’s website, the Washington Post reported.
“I urge you to prohibit the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products,” he wrote to Walmart CEO C. Douglas McMillon, calling the shirts “offensive.”
“I am concerned that allowing these articles to be sold in this way will damage your company’s good name amongst FOP members and other active and retired law enforcement officers.” Canterbury wrote, according to the Post. “Commercializing our differences will not help our local police and communities to build greater trust and respect for one another.”
Walmart agreed to remove the shirts and issued a statement.
“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. After hearing concerns from customers, we are removing the specific item with the ‘bulletproof’ reference,'” it wrote.
The word “bulletproof” was thought by some to be a call to violence.
“There are a lot of people who feel too many guns are sold,” FOP Executive Director Jim Pasco said. “Why not speak out against things that might be seen as fomenting violence, rather than things that commit violence?”
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