Police Federation

Amazon asked to remove ‘offensive’ t-shirts

Federation Chair demands immediate removal of ‘Blue lives murder’ range

23 June 2020


The Police Federation has called on Amazon to immediately halt the ‘offensive’ sale of t-shirts containing the logo ‘Blue lives murder’ and a graphic suggesting police brutality.

National Chair John Apter

National Chair John Apter

Chair John Apter wrote to the Managing Director of Amazon in the UK after being contacted by disgusted colleagues and told the products were being sold online for £17.95.

In his letter, Mr Apter demanded that Amazon’s MD Doug Gurr takes immediate steps to remove the range of clothing being advertised on the website by the Black History Afrocentric Company.

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation, said: “In recent weeks we have rightly praised my colleagues for their outstanding bravery and courage and for saving lives. I was therefore disgusted to see these products being sold on an Amazon platform.

“These items are deeply offensive, not only to police officers but to many members of the public. 

“I have raised this matter directly with the Home Secretary and she is as appalled as the entire police family is about these products.

“On behalf of the 120,000 police officers we represent I have written directly to the Managing Director of Amazon calling on the company to stop the sale of the t-shirts on their platform. The ball is now firmly in Amazon’s court and I am asking the company to do the right thing and remove them from sale immediately.”


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