Dear Fellow Sergeant,
The following is a press release sent out today regarding a boycott of Amazon, Café Press and Redbubble.
For Immediate Release
Monday, September 14, 2015
CONTACT: Robert Mladinich, SBA Communications Director (212-343-5674)
New York, NY, Sept. 14, 2015 – Ed Mullins, the President of the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, whose 13,000 members make it the fifth largest police union in the country, is calling for a nationwide boycott of online retail companies Amazon.com, Redbubble.com and Cafepress.com.
Redbubble and Cafepress are selling merchandise that includes T-shirts, hoodies, bumper stickers, infant body suits and even sippy cups with such volatile proclamations as “F— The Police.” Amazon, which had also advertised the items but has since removed them from its web site, still provides links to the other sites if a search for this merchandise is undertaken by a potential customer.
There is a nationwide war on the law enforcement community, with police officers being slaughtered on a regular basis,” said President Mullins. “The selling of these products only perpetuates violence and hatred toward the police. For these seemingly respectable outlets to offer such merchandise to their customers is unethical, immoral, irresponsible and reprehensible. As a result, I urge all law enforcement personnel, as well as members of the public to immediately boycott these companies. They should not be earning profits from the blood of those who are paid to protect and serve society during these tumultuous times.”
Amazon is based in Seattle, Washington. Redbubble is headquartered in Australia, with offices in San Francisco, California, and Cafepress is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
“Just yesterday a Kentucky state trooper was shot to death during a traffic stop, so it is particularly egregious that a Kentucky based company would be selling such trash,” said Mullins. “Making things even worse is the fact that Cafépress posts an American flag next to its logo. There are few things more un-American than profiting from the malevolence that is currently being directed toward the police during these extremely violent and challenging times.”
RETIRED SERGEANTS ASSOCIATION OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT
Franklin Square, New York 11010