Indiana Clothing Company Creates ‘Breathe Easy Don’t Break The Law’ T-shirt
Racial tensions in America have boiled over due to the no indictments against the officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Protests across the nation erupted and many have taken to the streets wearing the black “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt while holding their hands in the air to show solidarity to the families of Garner and Brown.
In a what appears to be an ill advised marketing move, South Bend Uniform–a law enforcement company in Mishawaka, Indiana which creates uniforms for police officers–created the above T-shirt that reads “Breathe Easy, Don’t Break The Law,” which caused many to question the motive behind creating what some deem to be a socially and racially insensitive shirt.
Carrie Kapow Shelton commented “What–are your “white power” shirts in the wash or something? while Molly Doaks added “Don’t forget your white hoods!”
Realizing the T-shirt was considered offensive to many, the company took to its Facebook page to further explain the reasoning behind the move.
Unsurprisingly, many did not find the explanation good enough, citing the phrase “breathe easy” was a direct slap in the face to Eric Garner who repeatedly yelled “I can’t breathe” while in a banned NYPD choke hold.